Well it's down to the Jets/Broncos vs Falcons/Vikings for the Superbowl.
Which is going to make someone unhappy, in my household, anyway. As I
share with a Viking fan, and Paul Meskill (Falcons fan) will be coming
over to watch the game. Looks like I'll have to be a Falcons fan for the
day. And then hope the Broncos can whip the Jets (Parcells, par, spit,
git, spit, spit) by more than they did against the Dolphins the week before.
Not that I hate Parcells, but......
As you know some of us play in NFLB, a v21.5 league. Which will give
us no help, what so ever for the coming season in AB. As in NFLB, we don't
have any defence, and can score 40+ points without too many problems.
AB however is other matter, just look at my attempt at a run'n'shoot last
week, well I'll just have to work at it. Anyway, the reason for mention
NFLB, is the good news from Peter Calcraft about weeks 11 - 16. As you
know, we don't get any loosing points, and in some cases, there's no real
reason to play to win. But Peter had introduced in NFLB, and other leagues
I'm sure will follow. A record tally.
The computer will keep track of you results (games won, games won &
narrow losses against teams with higher standing, and teams that improve
down the stretch). This tally goes into the compensation routine (in the
season update) so that you get more LPs if the compensation routine is
triggered (and it's easier to trigger it). Teams that don't achieve much
in late in the season will be unaffected (the compensation routine is
unchanged, except you can trigger the bonus). This means it's a really
good idea to turn opponents over in the last few weeks of the season.
Hopefully we will see this in Wk 11 of out current season, as I think
it's a very good idea.
Thanks to Jon & Graham for this week's contribution. Come on guys,
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@ CL (L1)
Gerald : The Bills were meant to have a re-building
season last year, and they got to the Superbowl. So god help us all in
the AFC East, this time around. Bills win comfortably by 14.
Jon : Can't see the Browns being much of a
threat without a new coach. Bills by 10.
Graham : BB by 10.
@ HO (L1)
Gerald : It should be a good season for Alan
and the Oilers after his good run in the Con-Bowl, but I can't see it
starting yet. Jets by 3.
Jon : This could be a useful pointer to both
teams chances this season. Oilers by 1.
Graham : NJ by 6.
@ SS (W1)
Gerald : What a way to start, the Seahawks............
Jon : After beating the Rams, the Pats shouldn't
be so much of a challenge. Seahawks by 3.
Graham : SS by 3.
@ DB (L1)
Gerald : Denver by 10.
Jon : This could be a very good match-up, but
I feel the Dolphins have the edge, due to their defence. Miami by 1.
Graham : DB by 3.
@ KC (W2)
Gerald : This could be Ian's season. But teams
are now a lot tougher to beat, than in the past. But with that squad,
he might just do it. Homefield may just be the edge the Chiefs need. Chiefs
Jon : A tough start for the AFC Central Champions,
as they take on the mighty Chiefs squad. These two could well meet again
in the AFC Championship. Chiefs by 3.
Graham : CI by 1.
@ OR (L4)
Gerald : Raiders carry-on as last year. Either
they lose close games, or get wasted. This week it will be close. Steelers
Jon : New season, new Gameplan version - does
this mean some wins for the Raiders? Nah. Steelers by 7.
Graham : PS by 7.
@ MV (L1)
Gerald : Jon's had some practice with v2.15
in NFLB, and is going very well. But AB has defence (which we don't have
in NFLB), which will make it interesting. I'll go with homefield. Vikings
Jon : Hopefully my 'O' will perform like they
have in the pre-season. Eagles by 1.
Graham : PE by 3.
@ DL (W1)
Gerald : Cowboys by 14.
Jon : Cowboys start with a bang. Dallas by
Graham : DC by 14.
@ SR (W8)
Gerald : What a way to start the season, playing
the Superbowl Champions. Paul's 'D' should keep him in it, unless he commits
the cardinal sin. Turnovers! Again, homefield will be an important factor.
But no real surprise, unless Paul's gets lucky. Rams by 5.
Jon : An early chance for the Redskins to stake
their claim. They could do it, but I don't think they'll quite manage
it. rams by 3.
Graham : SR by 3.
@ AF (W1)
Gerald : Falcons by 10.
Jon : Not the sort of start the Cards would
have wanted. Falcons by 7.
Graham : AF by 14.
@ SF (L6)
Gerald : The 49ers start off well, win a convincing
win over the Buccs. 49ers by 17.
Jon : The 49ers should be able to make the
Buccs struggle. SF by 6.
Graham : SF by 10.
@ NO (L8)
Gerald : Bears by 10.
Jon : The Bears can blow hot & cold, and
I reckon that the Saints will turn the heat up in New Orleans. Saints
Graham : CH by 3.
by Graham Canwell
Gerald to Jon & Graham : May the best
Gerald to Paul M. : Congratulations on getting
your name in print. If anyone missed it, Paul got a letter printed in
First Down, this week whinging about the Falcons winning. Ok that's a
little bit unfair, he was complaining about the 13 men on the field for
the 49ers. But hell Paul, you won, so don't fret.
Graham to All : Surprised and obviously rather
delighted to win the Superbowl so comfortably. Perhaps experience was
the key (Nar, you jammy git. Ed), especially on defence where we've had
some shaky moments in the second half of the season but came through magnificently
in the Big One. The all-round quality of the effort was perhaps best illustrated
by the fact that our four TDs included 1 rushing, 1 passing, 1 defence
and 1 special teams. The Bills run 'D' kept out rushing offence fairly
quite, but at least that did set up the passing game from where the bulk
of the yardage emerged. The secret to our success, though, is turnovers
and we again committed none, with Chris Millers error-free effort amply
making up for the interception which cost us last years Superbowl. This
Superbowl was much less expected by me than the one 2 years ago and much
more satisfying for that (I didn't have to beat the 'Hawks to get this
one, either!) but you don't get much time to enjoy it because the new
ball game of v2.15 is upon us and we know that everyone's out to get us...
Graham to Jon : From an NFC point of view,
although we got our butts kicked in the regular season it should be noted
that both my NFC playoff games (where I was at home) were tougher than
the Superbowl clash with the AFC.
Gerald to Graham : OK, that's it this means
war. We let you lot (NFC) win two games in the interconference, last season.
But this time we won't be so generous.
Graham to Richard : Bad luck, but as you
pointed out you have a much younger squad and your chance will surely
Graham to Gerald : The v2.15 friendly was
a great game - shame we don't meet for real this year. Unless....
Graham to All : Hope everyone got to enjoy
the 49ers real NFL play0ff exit, despite the bent refs attempts to save
The Coming Season
By Gerald Udowiczenko
- Bills. They look too good on 'O'. And if last season was anything
to go by, we in the East could be in trouble. 14-1-1.
- Patriots. Even with experimenting with the run 'n'shoot. I
hope I still have enough firepower on 'O' to edge most games. The 'D'
hasn't really changed much, so as long as it improves we've got a shot
at a W/C. 10-5-1.
- Dolphins. If they weren't in the Division of Death, they could
win a division. May just nick a W/C. 10-6.
- Jets. The Division of Death strikes again. Will start well,
but lose it towards the end of the season. Even so a winning record.
- Bengals. Even with the team getting crippled in the off season.
I think coach Seymour has got what it takes to win the division, but
it will be tight. 12-4.
- Steelers. Will keep the pressure up on the Bengals, and hope
they to slip up. If they do will capitalise on it, but will just fail.
W/C maybe. 10-6.
- Oilers. After a good run in the Con-Bowl. Alan's shown us he's
still got it, but it's going to be tough. At least a winning record,
this time around. 9-7.
- Browns. Could compete for the 1st draft choice. 3-12-1.
- Seahawks. This could be the Division of Death, expect for the
Raiders, Derek will have a tough time of it, but class will shine through
in the end. 11-4-1.
- Chiefs. This could be the season the Chiefs return back to
full strength, but only if they start well. In with a chance of a W/C,
but will just fall short. 9-6-1.
- Broncos. Should get a winning record, but just short of a W/C.
- Raiders. Can't see them getting a winning record. They need
a new direction. 2-15.
- Eagles. Even with his complaining about how bad the team is,
remember Graham last season, and look what happened there. Jon's too
good a coach, and has the luck when needed to win those important games.
- Cowboys. Should keep it close with the Eagles, but will just
miss out on the division, should be a W/C though. 9-7.
- Redskins. Should be good enough for a W/C, but needs a little
luck, which has been missing the last couple of seasons. 9-7.
- Cardinals. In another division, and with a little luck the
Cards might get a winning record, but in the East, no chance. 6-10.
- Vikings. Have a good squad, and showed some good from last
- Bears. Will be fighting for the division, but I think will
just lose out. W/C maybe? 9-7.
- Buccs. Even with no at home, should cause problems. Hopefully
the rest of the division will be able to cope. 8-8.
- Lions. Can't really see an improvement I doubt anyone is at
home. Competing for 1st draft pick again. 4-12.
- Falcons. I think this year will be the year of the 'Flappy,
flap, flap'. As long as Paul wins the important clashes against the
Rams, he should just sneak the division. If not, defiantly a W/C. 10-6.
- Rams. Graham, just seems to have the luck of the Devil, and
he's a fine gameplan coach as well. Will just miss out on the division,
but will be in the play-offs no doubt. 10-6.
- Saints. Could do well, but in the same division as the Falcons
& Rams will find it hard. Will just miss out on a W/C. 9-7.
- 49ers. Thinks should get better, but they're at least another
season away form competing for anything. 7-9.
Well I'll have to lave it short this week, just a reminder about the
Superbowl weekend, 30/31st January. It looks like if we are meeting up
for a drink in London, it will be the Saturday, but ring me to confirm,
because everything is still up in the air. Also don't forget those Pro-Bowl