Well now see, THAT game was a lot more exciting! I think there'll be a lot of second guessing about that last punt - why not go for it on 4th and 15 with so little time left, so few timeouts left, and only down by 3?
I don't care if they ARE my bandwagon team - I'm gonna get sick of the Saints pretty quick if they keep bringing up what a "wonderful story" it is that they are in the NFC Championship game despite being in the city that got tore up by a hurricane in 2005.
Expect to be repeatedly told for the next week how everyone is rooting for the Saints, even the opposition fans deep down in their hearts, because it heals the wounds of all. And then you'll get bulldozed by the counter story (no, football games do not fix all the problems of NO) and then the counter-counter story (football games do not fix all the problems of NO - but they help SO much). I'm looking forward to finding out what the counter-counter-counter story turns out to be ("hey, shouldn't we breakdown the abilities of these teams?" - NAH)
Kinda weird to see the Saints finally get to a conference final without their majorly hyped offensive weapons of years past (no Brooks, no Stallworth, Horn injured - just Deuce being a factor) then again, I guess that's not that surprising.
At this moment, I like the Saints as the favorites; obviously they'd be so over the Seahawks, and this running game would be the death of the Bears.
Reggie Bush's fumble is this year's playoff equivalant to last year's Bettis fumble in the Colts game, right? If the Eagles would've won, that play is how this game would've been remembered, but it barely means anything with how it ended. Gutsy to be calling pitch plays in that situation; I wonder if they'll stick with it after that fumble.
Been sick of the Saints since day 1. Will continue to be sick of them in the future. My streak of cheering for the losing team in every playoff game this year still rolls on, though, so expect to see the Saints win the Super Bowl (over, let's say, the Colts). Sigh.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettHopefully, this will quell any "trade McNabb and keep Garcia" talk.
Huh? Such talk was going on?? I'm no McNabb fan, but that seems a bit nuts.
Originally posted by thecubsfanReggie Bush's fumble is this year's playoff equivalant to last year's Bettis fumble in the Colts game, right? If the Eagles would've won, that play is how this game would've been remembered, but it barely means anything with how it ended. Gutsy to be calling pitch plays in that situation; I wonder if they'll stick with it after that fumble.
Not gutsy, Cubs; it was downright stupid. They were having all the success they could have wanted running the ball up the middle; calling that flip (it wasn't even a pitch) was just stupid. Luckily, he got away with it.
Originally posted by Mr. BoffoI hate how articles are talking about the supposed 1-2 punch of McAllister and Bush.
McAllister went 21 for 143 rushing, and 4 for 20 receiving, with 2 TDs (one rushing, one receiving). If you take off his longest run, he still averaged 5.75 yards per rush.
Bush went 12 for 52, with a long of 25. That's 11 for 27 without the long run. He went 3 for 22 receiving, had a rushing TD, and averaged 7 yards on punt returns. Oh yeah, and he had that fumble.
Bush looked more like the 3rd down back who gets a few carries when the workhorse is tired.
Honestly I know this is overused, but Bush contributes in ways that aren't on the stat sheet. I thought it was a hokey line too until I watched a few Saints games. Defenses are totally scared of that kid and he gets used as a decoy every other play it seems, which helps the offense overall.
Yes running the football McAllister was a horse yesterday and the reason they won. But Bush is a huge factor in why they are as good an offense as they are, so don't discount him so quickly.
Originally posted by wmatisticYes running the football McAllister was a horse yesterday and the reason they won. But Bush is a huge factor in why they are as good an offense as they are, so don't discount him so quickly.
Well, 80% of the time Deuce was running over Eagles defenders, Bush was on the sidelines watching. He wasnt helping out THAT much.
The thing about Bush is that while he can be controlled on most plays, he'll still bust one or two plays per game that make everyone go wow. (That touchdown where he hit the line and then rolled back around to the side, for example, last night.) But everyone is so focused on Bush, be it during the game or even simply during game-planning, they forget to focus on preparing for McAllister and they wind up getting run over by him. McAllister hasn't been this dominant previously, so it must be something either Bush or Payton are doing that have him playing at such a level. (And its more than just 'the Eagles can't tackle' cuz McAllister's had a pretty good season.)
Originally posted by MayhemI'll happily take on the Saints as my "sick-of" team if that means everyone will stop talking about the fucking Patriots.
I used to despise the Patriots, but if it comes down to NE vs NO in the SuperBowl, I'd gladly wear a Tom Brady jersey or even a Bill Belichek cut-off hoodie. For some reason, the Pats just haven't been as annoying this year.
You believe me, don't you? Please believe what I just said...
I know we shouldn't exactly expect objectivity from a sport broadcast, but as a former journalist, I keep noticing the rampart favoritism by the network. This year is the Saints, of course. The pre-game schtick for the Saints/Eagles game was all New Orleans footage, hot jazz, creole cooking, Mardi Gras, etc. etc. It was like the Eagles didn't even exist. That really bothers me (and should bother the Eagles, too - enough to complain). Reminds me of the Super Bowl last year when the Seahawks came on the field to BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY of all things. Jeez, just sound the death knell preemptively.
"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." - Stanley Kubrick
Which is why I'm okay with it for now. I'd prefer if they didn't do anything, but if they can keep it at four like they promised today(won't happen), then no big deal. Regular season intact, bowls stick around, not a big change at all really.