• RSH
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    • Nick

      Bleh. Do your job, Astros.

    • Yahmule

      Their fans actually talked shit when they were up 2-0. How the hell can you be so ignorant of your own history?

      • DCJ1

        And they were only up 2-0 based on a bad call by the umpire and NY’s subsequent failure to ask for a review in game 2.

        Interestingly, the same scenario played out in the LA-AZ game. In that one, the umpire got it right despite the delayed fake pain by the AZ batsman. When a fastball goes off the knob of bat there is a very different sound than when it goes off the hands. Off the bat you hear a loud “crack”, while in the latter you hear a soft “thud” followed immediately by “Shitohmygodfuckfuckfuck.”

    • Clockwork Orange

      Blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2016 World Series doesn’t make the list?

      • RSH

        That collapse should definitely be included. There has been so much fail in Cleveland that it is difficult to remember all of it.

        • Clockwork Orange

          I would think it has to hurt infinitely worse than blowing a 2-0 lead in a best of five first round series.

          While we’re on the topic of sports pain, I have to say, I’ll take the 43-8 beating in the Super Bowl every time over having the game right there and pissing it away, as Seattle did in 49 and Atlanta did in 51. I can write off a bad day at the office, but to have the Lombardi in your hands and basically say, “Nah, you guys take it” would stick in my craw forever.

  • The Color Orange
    • Yahmule

      For once, someone who really gets this guy.

  • RSH

    https://twitter.com/ZacStevensBSN/status/918265207503204352

    The statistics say the Denver Broncos are a running football team.

    The money says they’re a passing football team.

    The coach would tell you they are still trying to figure it out.

    “Who we are right now? I’m not sure who we are,” Broncos’ head coach Vance Joseph said when asked what the offense’s identity was during the team’s Week 6 preparation. “Right now, I think it’s a work in progress.”. . .

    When Broncos’ offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was hired in January to rejuvenate the offense, everyone loved that he was going to craft an offense to the player’s strengths and change the offense’s style and game plan week in and week out. Well, through the first four games, that’s exactly what they’ve done.

    “It depends on how teams play us. I think our game plans are determined by what we see from defenses,” Joseph explained on the dynamic of the ever-changing offense. “Whatever they give us from a defensive prospective, we’re going to take advantage of.”

  • RSH

    https://twitter.com/WSJSports/status/918119990380892163

    The 49ers have ceded Bay Area primacy to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The average ticket price on the secondary market for 49ers home games has dropped 32.5% since they moved to Levi’s Stadium in 2014, according to Jesse Lawrence, founder of TicketIQ, a search engine that aggregates ticket listings.

    Since last year, Rams’ prices have dropped 10%. On the other end of the spectrum, because the StubHub Center is so small, Chargers tickets on the secondary market cost 70% more than they did a year ago when the team played in San Diego.

    While the Chargers and Rams face the challenge of breaking into a new city, the entrenched 49ers’ questions are different. Their stadium, which opened in 2014, has been criticized for its location in Santa Clara, which can be a nightmare for fans to reach, and its design, which leaves fans on the sunny side of the stadium with extremely hot seats.

    • Nick

      To borrow from Charlie Sheen on what needs to happen: Duh, winning! If the 49ers, Rams or Chargers start winning people will come. When I was a kid the Warriors were a moribund franchise that few cared about.

      • Yahmule

        Rams won like a motherfucker when I was growing up and I can count the home games that were televised locally on one hand.

        • SteveS

          Yeah, but both when you were a kid and presently, don’t they play their home games in the Coliseum? I’m not sure you could invent a crappier place to try to watch a football game. The rake angle is pathetic and the track just amplifies it. Franchises have to create an atmosphere to overcome the price and hassle of showing up as opposed to watching at home on a big screen 4K w/ HDR, good camera angles and that camera on the zip line. Winning helps for sure, but unless you’ve got a stadium experience that’s half passable, there’s just a mountain too high, especially in places where population turnover simply never bred a base where the history gets passed down.

          • Nick

            The feeling I get from watching the Coliseum on TV (someone who’s actually been there can lead me down a better path) is that it’s much more suited for college than pro. USC has been there since 1923, 23 years before the Rams came to town. It reminds me a lot of Michigan Stadium. If the Lions tried to play at the Big House I wouldn’t be surprised if you got similar complaints.

          • Yahmule

            It’s a terrible place to watch games. When I was a kid watching the Rams, VCR’s weren’t even wide spread yet and most NFL venues were crappy places to watch a game. Still no sellouts. Granted, they had a huge capacity and couldn’t cover seats because the Trojans drew 90K+ routinely (and it just wasn’t done back then). The Rams also had a very long history in Los Angeles and plenty of time to grow a fan base. They won the NFL Championship in 1951, their third straight year in the title game.

            Also, the Rams didn’t play in the huge, ugly, scary neighborhood residing Coliseum for their entire time in Southern California. They spent their last 15 years behind the Orange Curtain in Anaheim. Despite having Eric Dickerson, Kevin Greene and many other great players, they never generated enough fan base or excitement to get a stadium built anywhere.

          • Forrest Trump

            I caught a CU game in Anaheim once and immediately wondered why. We would have had better seats sitting behind our TV at home. It was the worst live sporting event I ever attended.

            I was badly spoiled by Mile High. I think even Invesco was a huge downgrade from the atmosphere and viewing perspective.

            I honestly doubt I’d go to live games anymore even if I could.

          • Yahmule

            I saw the Broncos lose in Anaheim twice. The last time was in 94 and I could have been ringside for Foreman/Moorer instead. The only good thing about the loss in 94 was being taunted by a Rams fans in the parking lot who was boasting, “This is my house!”

            I said, “You might as well move your shit in because the Rams won’t be here next year.” I can still hear their groans.

  • RSH

    The second paragraph made me laugh out loud.

    https://twitter.com/MileHighReport/status/918509087368798208

    Chicago Bears: 1-4

    Head Coach: John Fox

    Temperature: Getting Sweaty (7/10)

    Despite the win, John Fox is coaching for his job in his third year leading the Bears. And he should be. Fox has severely mismanaged the team’s quarterback situation, including giving rookie Mitch Tribusky his first NFL start against one of the toughest defenses in the league. For a coach who’s renowned for his ability to take any bad team and make them a .500 club, Foxy sure isn’t living up to the hype.

    The more I see of Foxy coaching other teams, and the more I see of the Broncos without him, the more I’m convinced that John Fox is a bad head coach with occasional bouts of mediocrity. The dude is basically Jeff Fisher, but with a more likeable face and a reduced tendency to stick his foot in his mouth.

    • Yahmule

      Also, Fox never would have made a personal mascot out of a nasty little piece of work like Cortland Finnegan.

  • Kush-Lash
    • Jeremy

      Fun read. Article mistakingly says Siemian won a SB ring as a practice squad player. He stayed on the roster all year.

      Kinda interesting to see how he’s received at NW now. Article sorta alludes to it, but he was not popular in a lot of fans eyes when he was there. Fans were upset he stole time from there other QB, Kain Colter, and then he had a pretty bad senior year statistically the year after Kain left.

      • gobroncos

        Yeah, I don’t think practice squader’s get rings, do they?

        • Jeremy

          I think they do

          • Nick

            I did some cursory Googling, and I too concur with your thought.

          • Question is, did Ryan Murphy get a ring?!

          • Nick

            I don’t think he was ever cut, just sent home.

        • Kush-Lash
          • gobroncos

            Wow, that’s great for those guys then! I just figured it was roster guys, but then those practice squaders do help out tremendously throughout the year, get banged up, hit, tackled, etc, so they deserve it.

          • GrizzlyB

            One of my favorite moments from Super Bowl 50 was the shot of the practice squadders dropping some dabs on the Panthers once the game was decided.

          • Nick

            One of the sports talk shows (someone’s like Dan Patrick or Rich Eisen) set a prop bet on the number of dabs in SB50. Someone said that was a no-lose over, because if Cam played well, he’d be dabbing all over the place, but if he played poorly, the Broncos would be mock dabbing him. That prediction was correct.

  • Royalwithcheese

    You guys think they could incorporate some RPO with Charles into the offense? Did TS do any of that in college?

    • gobroncos

      What’s RPO?

      • Nick

        Run pass option.

      • Carsonic

        Run Pass Option? (Rural Post Office? Rinitial Public Offering? Revolutions Per ‘Our? Rocket Propelled Octopus?)

        • RSH

          I am going with the octopus option.

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      • Alaskan

        Well, the NFL lawyers were right and I was wrong in prognosticating what was likely to happen at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. I guess that’s why they’re getting paid to worry about Zeke and I’m not. They threw a legal Hail Mary and it worked. Zeke’s case will be dismissed.

        But the only reason it will be dismissed is because the Court said it was prematurely filed and Zeke had to wait until the arbitrator actually acted. If Zeke had waited another couple of days to sue the NFL, he’d have probably been fine.

        In any event, there is nothing in the Fifth Circuit opinion that says Zeke is wrong about being treated unfairly or that he cannot file another lawsuit and try to get a new injunction (or remotely relates to whether he actually is a woman-beater). So, I still suspect this drama is going to go on for awhile unless he throws in the towel and does his time.

        Here is a link that includes the decision:

        http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star/Court-Ruling-Clears-Way-for-NFL-Suspension-of-Cowboys-RB-Ezekiel-Elliott-450660783.html

        • Jeremy

          What’s rough time line for how long it could take to get another emergency injunction?

          • Alaskan

            Assuming that the NFL insists Zeke start his suspension when Dallas comes off their bye week, I would think the NFLPA will be back in court before October 22nd.

          • RSH

            I wonder if the NFLPA will seek Fifth Circuit en banc review? For those who do not know what en banc review is: Appellate courts in the United States sometimes grant rehearing en banc, where all of the judges or justices on that court, reconsider a decision of a panel of the court (generally consisting of only three judges) in which the case concerns a matter of exceptional public importance or the panel’s decision appears to conflict with a prior decision of the court.

            https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/918601030291611650

          • Alaskan

            That is an interesting idea, but one heck of a long shot (longer than what the NFL just pulled off, in my mind).The Fifth Circuit granted en banc hearings in 4 cases in 2015.

            http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/annual-report-july-2015-to-june-2016.pdf?sfvrsn=4

            If the Fifth Circuit were to grant an en banc hearing, I have to assume it would also issue an Order keeping Goodell from suspending Zeke, or there would be no point to the whole exercise. But right now, there is nothing that prevents Zeke from being suspended beginning October 22nd.

    • Nick

      Grrrr, the worst case scenario: two AFC West rivals get to miss him.

      https://twitter.com/bylindsayhjones/status/918578600814800901

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  • Nick

    Losing Vernon & Collins would be bad for them.

    https://twitter.com/bylindsayhjones/status/918598742353305600

    • Jeremy

      When is Paxton supposed to start practicing again?

      • RyanHennigan

        I had the same injury 8 years ago and the doctor said 6 to 8 weeks. I did not listen. The injury couldn’t get worse under normal activity but it is extremely painful. Since the team can afford to let him heal 100%, I would imagine they won’t rush it. Unless Brock is stinking up practice and they would rather have Lynch.

      • ohiobronco

        VJ said in Monday that he may throw this Friday.

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  • cjfarls

    Last minute fantasy question: cam tonight, or Rivers vs Oak.

    Also, choose 2 of Howard, CJA and Lamar Miller.

  • RSH
    • gobroncos

      I’m not sure I get the context for this comment.

      • RSH
        • Yahmule

          I never saw this movie, but I’ll bet Rick Moranis’s scrappy bunch of misfits pulled off the upset over Ed O’Neill’s heavily favored squad and everybody learned a little something.

          • GrizzlyB

            Also, John Madden just about crapped his pants when he saw the Fumblerooski the nerd drew up to win the game.

          • Hank Mardukis

            The annexation of Puerto Rico.

          • RyanHennigan

            You call that one like an after school special.

  • Nick

    So as I said earlier in the week, if the Eagles win their next two games (along with the Broncos, of course) it raises the odds that the Raiders will have to play at 10 AM Oakland time in Miami, and the Broncos won’t have to play at 11 AM Denver time in Philadelphia. So it’ll be E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles for me tonight.

    • RyanHennigan

      I’m trying to support my girlfriend and vote against the Eagles. It’s NFC vs. NFC so no sweat off my back. Her team lost Zeke and is on a slide so this is the least I can do.

      • Nick

        You can also add, “I’m rooting for the Panthers because McCaffrey”. Dallas doesn’t play Carolina this year either so that won’t backfire on you later.

        • Alaskan

          Or you can just say nothing. Decades of marriage have taught me that I almost never get in trouble when I don’t open my mouth.

          • RyanHennigan

            You did better than I did.

            My first marriage taught me that if I breathe, I screwed up lol.

            I chose better this time around but had to conceded with the Dallas Cowboys thing. The rest was great so it’s a small price to pay. Here second favorite is Denver so maybe Dallas will one day make her angry enough to convert.

        • Yahmule

          I more or less root for the Panthers unless there’s a good reason not to simply because my sister picked that stupid team and I want her to win a Super Bowl some day. McCaffrey going there was a personal godsend from a rooting standpoint even though they don’t seem to know what to do with him.

  • DCJ1

    300 lb men should not be forced to wear blue onesies.

  • Nick
    • GrizzlyB

      There should be a version of Wikipedia without a stick up its ass where they’ll let something like that stay.

      • Nick

        There’s been several of those, Uncyclopedia is the one I’ve known for a while:

        http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

        • GrizzlyB

          “Horton Hires a Ho” is an underrated classic. (tbh I didn’t know that was still functional. But I was thinking more along the lines of something that’s fairly serious, just not overly-so, like the way Wikipedia has abolished “Trivia” sections)

  • Alaskan

    Flipping back and forth between the Cubs game and the Panthers game.
    Both are pretty good games at this point.

  • Yahmule

    I don’t quite have this out of my system yet.

    October 13, 2017

    • RyanHennigan

      In my opinion, if I don’t at least chuckle about this stuff when I’m in my 70s, I’m doing life wrong.

  • GrizzlyB

    Wentz is no Siemian, that’s for sure!

    • Alaskan

      I dunno. They both spend a lot of time running for their lives.

  • Yahmule

    Wentz, Ertz, Wisniewski. This is a team Philly can cheer for. Their millionaire athletes have relatable blue collar sounding names. :~)

  • Alaskan

    I hope Kuechly is OK. He is such a good player.
    But I could understand it if he pulls the plug early for his own health.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/10/nfl-panthers-luke-kuechly-collar-concussions

  • gobroncos

    Haha, that’s the 2nd otterbox commercial that’s made me laugh. I gotta admit, Peyton Manning is pretty funny in those.

  • Alaskan

    It must be the Cubs night.
    They just scored by striking out.

    • Yahmule

      Aw man, kills me to see Max struggling like this.

  • InSiemianWeTrust

    Boy, if you’re going to throw it to a Carolina RB, don’t throw it to Stewart.

  • RyanHennigan

    Romo continues to impress as an announcer.

  • GrizzlyB

    Romo: “This is pretty much what the Panthers did in the Super Bowl.”
    Cam Newton: *throws an interception*

  • RSH

    Nice Color Rush hair.

  • Yahmule

    Is anyone going to the game Sunday night?

    • RSH

      I will be in an airport and on an airplane during the game, unfortunately.

      • Yahmule

        I’m thinking about lurking on Ticket Exchange until a few hours before game time to see if any great deals pop up.

  • RSH

    Is it just me, or does it look Cam Newton aims a lot of his throws like he is playing darts?

    • Yahmule

      His mechanics will always be an issue.

  • RSH

    Trevor Siemian needs to work on what Wentz just did on that third down conversion.

  • RSH

    Our game in Philadelphia is going to be a challenge.

    • Andrew

      They have a great front seven on defense and are doing a great job managing a young QB on the other side of the ball they are no joke.

    • gobroncos

      I agree. Their defense seems pretty stout. They’re strong where we’re weak too, which is unfortunate.

  • gobroncos

    I’m not sure I like the celebrations that are SO staged. Like ok, have some kind a schtick or whatever, but for everybody to line up and then do duck-duck goose or something like that is too much. It’s like Basketball.

  • Alaskan

    Cubs trying to let the Nats back in the game.
    Lots of wild pitches tonight.

  • InSiemianWeTrust

    Carolina receivers cant catch for shit.

  • GrizzlyB

    Ron Rivera has never met a wasted challenge he didn’t like.

    • Nick

      I disagree, that was a clear touchdown. We’ll see if Carolina gets ultimately screwed from that.

      • Nick

        Well, at least the blown call got McCaffrey a TD. Let’s see if the burned timeout screws them later.

      • InSiemianWeTrust

        That was a TD. And I think it should have been overturned. Bummer. Hell of a play.

      • RyanHennigan

        I’m with Romo. It is a TD but the video evidence couldn’t prove it beyond a doubt.

        • ElwayIsGod7

          I must not understand some basic rule…it sure looked like the ball crossed the plane well before anything touched out of bounds.

        • Nick

          I disagree again, Newton looked to be past the pylon before his left foot his the ground. At the very least, the reviewers should have taken more time, and we should have seen composite views to see where around the pylon the ball crossed.

          • RyanHennigan

            I guess what I really mean is that my eyes agree that it is a TD but I know how the refs in this league seem to call things.

          • gobroncos

            Shoulda challenged the refs eyesight and had another ref look at it.

      • gobroncos

        I thought it was a TD as well. He’s clearly across the plane and hasn’t touched out of bounds. I don’t know what the ref was looking. Ridiculous.

    • Alaskan

      I’d have challenged it too, but that is probably why I’m watching from home.

    • ElwayIsGod7

      That sure looked like a TD from my couch.

  • RSH

    C-Mac!

    • Nick

      Just moved the chains on 4th down!

      • DCJ1

        Wish he’d gone to a different team. I don’t like the Panthers, largely because of Rivera.

        • Nick

          Eh, at least he’s in the NFC, and the Panthers are a team the Broncos have very good history against. I can deal with it.

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  • Nick

    Oh man, Rasul Douglas is going to be seeing that drop in his dreams.

  • Nick

    McCaffrey got absolutely mugged by the DB on that wheel route.

    • InSiemianWeTrust

      Cam really floated that one, CMC had to slow down, and the DB got grabby. All in all, poor execution.

  • Yahmule

    JFC.

  • Alaskan

    Cam is gonna Cam.

    • DCJ1

      What the hell was he looking at?

      • DCJ1

        Ah, thanks Tony. Good explanation.

        • Alaskan

          Agreed. At least the play makes a little sense based on what Tony explained.

          • ElwayIsGod7

            I’m kinda digging Romo in the booth. No one else explains shit like that for us mortals.

          • DCJ1

            I’m not sure the rest of them know this shit. Romo is smarter than anyone else in the booth. He was always a very cerebral QB.

          • ElwayIsGod7

            I can’t wait for Cutler’s booth. It’s gonna be comedy gold.

          • Alaskan

            Dooooooon’t care.

  • gobroncos

    oh my god. Aghelor was wide Fing Open. Wentz blew that. If he’d have just looked up, he’d have seen him totally un covered.

  • Nick

    Cam had McCaffrey to move the chains again, threw it too late.

    • DCJ1

      And badly at that. Cam is pretty much responsible for this L.

      • Nick

        What will be greater, the flashiness of his dress or the sulkiness of his demeanor at the upcoming press conference?

        • RyanHennigan

          The answer is…YES.

        • ElwayIsGod7

          He should have insulted a group of people before the game like last week. I’d have gone girl-scouts.

          • DCJ1

            Maybe he’ll throw shade at some nuns…

          • Random Anonymous Coward

            Girl scouts are busy being angry at boy scouts for becoming co-ed. It’s nearly $1 billion of cookies a year, after all.

      • ElwayIsGod7

        WR drops and virtually no run game outside of Cam himself helped.

  • Alaskan

    Wow. The Panthers should have let Tony Romo QB that last sequence.
    He knew what they should be doing, even if Cam didn’t.

  • DCJ1

    Next week is the perennial question: To root for the Raiders or the Red Raiders? Thus far, rooting for the earth to open and swallow the entire stadium hasn’t worked.

    • Nick

      It gets easier to root for the Raiders to lose if they first lose at home to the Chargers this Sunday. One game at a time…

  • Alaskan

    For you channel flippers, the Cubs-Nats game is still a pretty good one.
    Hard to believe that the winner will have less than 10 runs.

    • Yahmule

      Zimmerman got a pitch to drive 0-2 and he fouled it off. I knew Davis was going to put the next one down and away and fan him.

      • Alaskan

        Didn’t see that. I was watching Cam lose a football game, I guess.

    • DCJ1

      Went to the first National game in RFK. Took a buddy and my 6 month-old son. Sat 8 rows back from 1st base. Every foul ball, everyone would stand except me because I was doing a duck and cover with the baby. He’s now almost 13 and only 4” shorter and throws a 60 MPH fastball.

  • Yahmule

    I’ve been there, Jerry. It sucks.

    • Yahmule
    • DCJ1

      I’ve had more than a few of those myself.

      • Yahmule

        Had a kid named Alonzo Woodfin, who threw close to 90, hit me flush on each shoulder right where the pads separate and you just have leather, in consecutive innings. I wanted to strangle his catcher.

        • DCJ1

          High school or college? I’ve only done Little League, and those guys don’t get above 65-70 usually, but they’re wilder and catchers less consistent.

          • Yahmule

            That was in high school. I worked games in Los Angeles and in the San Fernando Valley for a few years in my early 20’s.

  • Yahmule

    Well, that was bullshit.

    • DCJ1

      Yep. Should have been no evidence.

    • Alaskan

      Since Cam is not on TV, I assume you are discussing the pickoff at first?

      • Yahmule

        Yeah. I’m very biased, though. :~)

        • Alaskan

          I don’t care who wins, but it has been a terrific baseball game (at least the parts I’ve seen).

          • DCJ1

            Love the games coming down to the wire like this.

          • Alaskan

            Yeah. I don’t really pay much attention until the post-season.
            But then baseball becomes compelling.
            More like football, where every game matters.

  • DCJ1

    Well crap. Go Dodgers, I guess.

  • Alaskan

    Wow. What a baseball game.
    Exciting to the end.

    • Andrew

      Was a fun game to watch I’m a pretty casual baseball observer no dog in that one.