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“NFL 2015” — A Bad Lip Reading Of The NFL





Published on Jan 22, 2015

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What They’re Saying About Auburn’s 42-35 Victory Against South Carolina






” Auburn kept its SEC championship hopes alive, but it wasn’t easy Saturday night against South Carolina.

  Steve Spurrier was in a gambling mood in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and for the most part his play calls worked. Luckily for Auburn, its defense stood tall in the fourth quarter and the Tigers held on for a 42-35 victory.

  It was an entertaining game, even if Auburn fans are probably checking their heart rates this morning.

  As you wait for the new rankings to be released this afternoon, check out what they’re saying across the country about Auburn after its 42-35 victory:





The game by the numbers from the Tiger’s website :


Quick Stats
 Total Plays
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     3rd down efficiency
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 Total Yards
 Passing Yards
     Yards per pass
 Rushing Yards
     Rushing attempts
     Yards per rush
     Fumbles lost
     Interceptions thrown
 Time of Possession


” It was a wild, wild game, and Auburn’s Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne and Ricardo Louis needed every yard, every foot, of their monster offensive performances Saturday night to beat South Carolina 42-35 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Artis-Payne, the tailback, and Louis, a receiver, each rushed for more than 100 yards and Marshall accounted for four touchdowns and more than 200 total yards as the Tigers smashed their way to 551 yards of offense in a see-saw game that ended with Auburn on top.

Auburn didn’t take the lead until the third quarter, then didn’t take the lead for good until the fourth. South Carolina threw in the end zone on the game’s final play. The pass was intercepted.

When the yards were tallied, a whopping total of 1,086 of them with 55 first downs, Auburn improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina fell to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the league.

The No. 5 Tigers will likely move up in the national rankings as well after LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss 10-7. Auburn will play the Rebels in Oxford next Saturday.

This Saturday, there were tricks plays and determined efforts. The Gamecocks converted their first five fourth-down tries, but missed on one critical one on a throw in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Carolina had the ball as the game ended, or until Jonathan Jones intercepted the final last throw.

” They went for everything and they got just about everything. They executed when they had to,” said Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.

Auburn took its first lead at 28-21 in the third, on a 5-yard Marshall touchdown run. South Carolina tied it right back up less than two minutes later when Dylan Thompson hit a streaking Pharoh Cooper on a 51-yard scoring play.

The Tigers were unfazed. Louis raced 75 yards for a touchdown a few seconds later. By then, Auburn had 440 yards, of which a whopping 340 came on the ground, with 7:29 left in the third quarter. 

  Auburn led 35-28. Until South Carolina tied it again on a Dylan Thompson-to-Nick Jones touchdown pass with 2:20 left in the third quarter.
  Artis-Payne rushed for 167 yards on 25 carries and Louis had 102 yards on three carries. Marshall was 12-of-14 passing for 139 yards, and rushed for 89 yards and three touchdowns.
  It was an offensive night, for sure. The two teams combined for 894 yards through the first three quarters.
  South Carolina was on the doorstep of another score until Jonathan Jones intercepted Thompson in the end zone with 13:17 remaining. Two minutes later, Marshall was scoring on a 9-yard run for a 42-35 Auburn lead.
  It was a wild first half, with South Carolina going for it, and making it, on fourth down on a touchdown drive; with a blocking tight end catching his first pass in a year for an Auburn touchdown; and with third-string quarterback Jonathan Wallace catching a toss from Marshall then throwing back to Marshall with his first pass since last season for a 17-yard gain.
  Oh, yeah. There were those equally-divided 42 first-half points with Auburn averaging 8.1 yards a snap and South Carolina averaging 7.6.
  South Carolina led 7-0, 14-7 and 21-14. Each time, Auburn had an answer, mixing in the pass with a strong running game to match the Gamecocks every step of the way.
  South Carolina was first up, scoring on its first drive when Dylan Thompson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Rolland. Auburn tied it when Marshall hit Brandon Fulse with a 3-yard TD pass, his first catch since last year late in the first quarter.
  Carolina went back up when Thompson hit Cooper with a 16-yard TD pass. Auburn countered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Cameron Artis-Payne. The Tigers then held Carolina, but Quan Bray fumbled after a nice punt return to set up the Gamecocks for a 27-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Mike Davis.
  That made it South Carolina 21-14 with 5:05 left in the second quarter. Auburn came back with the Marshall-to-Wallace-to-Marshall trickery, then Marshall raced 37 yards up the middle for a touchdown to tie the game 21-21 with 2:35 left in the half.
  The teams got there in different ways. Auburn had 277 yards, 203 of which game running. South Carolina had 267 yards, 211 via the pass. “



War Eagle !








From Facebook



” FOX Sports made a compilation thing of all the goal celebration dances from FIFA World Cup .”

Saturday Steyn

Boots On The Ground






” I mentioned this 2002 column of mine last week in connection with the Saudi Ambassador’s idiosyncratic response to it. But it seems appropriate to give it a full-blown rerun today, Thursday, as the US footie team – or “soccer”, as they call it here – prepares for its samba-sultry rendezvous with destiny and a rematch with Germany, the team that did for them 12 years ago.

  I’d been thinking that this time round there was more interest in the World Cup than back then. But then I went on John Oakley’s show yesterday morning and the soccer banter ahead of my appearance reminded me that even Canada has an entirely different level of engagement with the sport. At any rate, that’s what caught my fancy three World Cups ago, when the American team looked at one point in danger of making it to the semi-finals, and maybe beyond, despite total lack of public interest – while in England and Ireland there were millions of fans in search of a team. This essay is anthologized in The Face Of The Tigerpersonally autographed copies of which are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore, and proceeds of which go towards my pushback against “hockey stick” warm-monger Michael E Mann and the Big Climate enforcers:

  And so the dream dies. The boys gave it their best, they played well, but it wasn’t to be. They’re out of the World Cup, to the bitter disappointment of their supporters.

  I refer, of course, to the United States team, the first in World Cup history with more players than fans. Across America yesterday, all nine of them gathered in bars to watch the big match, only to find that the other patrons preferred to see the Golden Girls re-run dubbed into Spanish on Channel 173 or the last half of Plastering Idol on the Sheetrock Channel. Twiddling my own dial in New Hampshire, I couldn’t find the game on anywhere except a French-language station from Quebec.”


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Washington Redskins Write Scathing Response To Lawmakers Who Want Team Name Changed




” The Washington Redskins issued a scathing response to two lawmakers Monday after they called for the team to change its controversial name.

  Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the “wrong side of history” in allowing the Redskins to keep their name, which some see as a slur.

“ It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans,” Cantwell and Cole wrote.

  But the team fired back in a statement, saying that Cantwell – who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – has better things to do with her time.

“ Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans,” the statement said. “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do,” the statement said.”


It’s no wonder our government is so screwed up when we have politicians that can’t even do the jobs that they are paid for now presuming to speak for the tribes of North America even though only nine percent of “native American’s” find the name Redskins offensive . 

They obviously have too much time on their hands and need to be sent home to learn something of the real world problems that haunt their constituents , problems that are apparently invisible from the Ivory tower of Capital Hill .

Read more here and while you are at it Reason has a lengthy piece on the subject from last October .









Are You Ready For Some Taxpayer-Subsidized Nonprofit Sportsball?







” With the NFL playoffs underway and the BCS National Championship Game kicking off tomorrow night, now seems like a perfect time to remind every American just how screwed up the economics behind these games actually are. Whether you like football or not – whether you’ve ever bought a ticket to a high school, college, or NFL game – you’re paying for it.

” The [state-supported] University of Maryland charges each…undergraduate $400 a year to subsidize the football program,” says Easterbrook, who notes that only a half-dozen or so college teams are truly self-supporting. Even powerhouse programs such as the University of Florida’s pull money from students and taxpayers. “They do it,” he says, “because they can get away with it.”

 At the pro level, billionaire team owners such as Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars benefit from publicly financed stadiums for which they pay little or nothing while reaping all revenue. Easterbrook also talks about how the lobbyists managed to get the NFL chartered as a nonprofit by amending tax codes designed for chambers of commerce and trade organizations.”














” Johnny Football was poised for one of his patented dramatic finishes, putting up big numbers, coming back from a fourth-quarter injury, leading Texas A&M to the Auburn 18-yard line with less than a minute to play. 

Dee Ford would have none of another Johnny Manziel fairy tale. 

The Auburn defensive end sacked Manziel twice in the final 30 seconds, including on A&M’s last-gasp play, as the Tigers knocked off the No. 7 Aggies 45-41 in Kyle Field on Saturday. “





” Both teams gave up plenty of yards, but it was Auburn’s defense that saved the day. Manziel lost 22 yards on the Aggies’ last play. 

Auburn led  once in the first half, then again at 38-34 with 9 minutes left in the game. But Manziel got his TD run with 5:05 left, setting up some big-time offense — not by Texas A&M but by Auburn. The Tigers went 75 yards on 13 plays and took the lead with 1:19 left. 

Manziel wasn’t through, quickly moving the Aggies to the Auburn 18. No farther, though. “


War Eagle !!









Having landed three elite prospects, the Vikings were the big winners on Day 1




” I thought Sharrif Floyd was the best defensive tackle in the draft. I wouldn’t have batted an eye if he had been picked third overall. He slipped to No. 23, and Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman pounced on someone I could have seen him trading up to pick. What a genuine steal. I also loved the needed selection of physical corner Xavier Rhodes with the pick that was acquired from the Seattle Seahawksin the Percy Harvin deal (No. 25). Then, to replace Harvin, Spielman traded with the New England Patriots to get back into the first round at No. 29 and nabCordarrelle Patterson. Though he’s not polished as a receiver, Patterson will instantly help on special teams.

Yet again, Spielman got the job done on draft day. This was an A+ draft.”








Notre Dame Star Manti Te’o Never Had a Dead Girlfriend



” Inspirational, right? Well, hold onto your Rudy hats and Coach Carter DVDs. It looks like Manti was flubbing the truth about the events surrounding the Michigan game.

Deadspin reports that although Manti’s grandmother did pass away, his girlfriend did not. In fact, his girlfriend might not have ever existed.

Let’s take a step back. Manti’s girlfriend was supposedly named Lennay Kekua and was a Stanford student. The South Bend Tribune even wrote an article about the young couple in which it said they met while in college. The Tribune reported that Lennay was multi-lingual and had a knack for music.

The two met in 2009 but did not start going out until 2012. That is when Lennay’s story line gets somewhat blurry. Somewhere in 2012 she gets into a car accident, then somewhere in 2012 she gets leukemia and then on September 12 she dies. Te’o did not attend the funeral because (as reported by the LA Times) Kekua insisted that Te’o never should miss a game. ”



Alex Karras In His Own Words

RIP Alex


“Mongo” Sick

 ” Longtime Detroit Lions fans remember Alex Karras as one of the most dominating defensive linemen of his generation.

Movie buffs will never forget the scene from “Blazing Saddles” in which he knocked out a horse with one punch.



Karras has lived his life on the edge, but is now suffering from kidney failure and under hospice care at his home in California. The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported the former All-Pro defensive lineman and actor has been given only a few days to live because of recent kidney failure.

“The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time greats, Alex Karras,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday night.  “Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex.”

This man has to go . Obama represents the height of the ” I , me , mine ” generation . What’s good for him is good , period . The rest of the world be damned . Just more of that  ” smart diplomacy ” we were promised .

“The Obama administration was seemingly so thirsty for credit when a recent al Qaeda plot in Yemen was thwarted that it quickly coughed up operational secrets to the media —compromising several investigations in the process. ”

Self-serving bastards ,

” The operation was blown, the agent had to be withdrawn —and the CIA’s window into al Qaeda in Yemen was slammed shut.

“This was gold dust,” a senior intelligence official said. “Such assets are few and far between.”