by Gerald Udowiczenko
Just finished listening to the Patriots Jets game and we look (well sound
really as I don't have SKY) on fire. We slapped the Steelers in week
one and kept the Jets to only one first down until late in the third quarter,
by which time the game was all over. But enough gloating about the real game.
Last week was a bit of a mixed back for us. We lost a close game to the Bills,
which if we had won, would have left us clear by a game in the AFC East. But
the lose does mean we now have enough LPs to examine the Free Agency market.
Thanks to Stuart, Darren, Graham, Brucey & Mark for this weeks contributions.
BB (8-3, W2)
@ CL (10-1, W5)
Last time : wk 11, 2004 (18 - 46)
Gerald : Tough game for both coaches and I really
can't see the Bills being able to surprise the Browns and nick the win. Browns
Graham : CL by 7.
Darren : Browns by 1.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 3.
MD (7-4, L1)
@ PS (8-3, W3)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (30 - 17)
Gerald : After last weeks disappointment, the Fish
will want to find their wining way as soon as possible and with the turmoil
in Pittsburgh (see Coaches Corner on page 2 for more details), I think they
have a real chance. Fish by 7.
Graham : PS by 6.
Darren : Dolphins by 1.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 2.
NY (6-5, W3)
@ SS (1-10, W1)
Last time : wk 1, 2004 (30 - 17)
Gerald : After a great win last week, the Jets
have kept their slim play-off dreams alive. The Hawks also had a great win.
(well maybe not great, but they got their first win of the season), but the
Jets will be too strong for them to keep their streak going. Jets by 10.
Graham : NJ by 7.
Darren : Jets by 13.
SPLATT : New York by 6.
NE (8-3, L1)
@ OR (3-8, L4)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (36 - 8)
Gerald : No Comment.
Graham : NE by 10.
Darren : Patriots by 9.
SPLATT : New England by 11.
CI (1-10, L7)
@ SD (7-4, W1)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (14 - 44)
Gerald : The Chargers had an important win last
week over divisional rivals, which will probably now see them wining the AFC
West, especially if they can beat the Bengals? Which I think they can. Chargers
Graham : SD by 14.
Darren : Chargers by 10.
SPLATT : San Diego by 6.
TT (6-5, L3)
@ KC (2-9, L2)
Last time : wk 9, 2004 (49 - 39)
Gerald : The Chiefs will be wondering what happened
last week, as they failed to do much until it was really too late. That loss
probably means their season is over, as they are now 4 games behind the divisional
leaders. Though they still have a slim chance of the division, but they must
win this week. The Titans are in a slightly better situation, as they are
only 2 games behind a wildcard. So they also need the win. On current form,
I've got to go with the Titans. Titans by 7.
Graham : TN by 3.
Darren : No Comment.
SPLATT : Tennessee by 13.
PE (7-4, W3)
@ MV (7-4, W4)
Last time : wk 11, 2004 (17 - 27)
Gerald : A game both teams need to win and even
though the Eagles had a record shut-out last week, it was against the Cards.
This week will be an entirely different prospect, not just because their opponents
are the Vikings, but it could be the Vikings of old. As they do seem to have
found their form of last season. Tough one to call, but I think homefield
, will just be the difference. Vikings by 3.
Graham : MV by 6.
Darren : Vikings by 1.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 7.
WR (7-4, L2)
@ TB (0-11, L11)
Last time : wk 9, 2004 (26 - 10)
Gerald : The Skins seem to have lost their defensive
edge of late, which has been costly, as the NFC East is really heating up.
But this weeks opponents are unlikely to put up much of a challenge and might
just be what the Redskins 'D' need to remembered how to play? Skins by 17.
Graham : WR by 10.
Darren : Redskins by 17.
SPLATT : Washington by 8.
DC (5-6, W2)
@ AF (5-6, L1)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (17 - 20)
Gerald : A fantastic results for the Boyz last
week, means they are now within a game of the division and only a couple of
games off a wildcard. So a win this week will really turn up the heat in the
East. The Falcons on the other hand are struggling for a wildcard and just
don't seem to have much luck of late. I can't see this week being any different.
Boyz by 7.
Graham : DC by 7.
Darren : Cowboys by 7.
SPLATT : Dallas by 7.
AC (0-11, L39)
@ NS (10-1, W1)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (9 - 24)
Gerald : Humm not much I can say, other than can
the Saints bet the record set by the Eagles last week? I don't think so, but
it will be close. Saints by 35.
Graham : NS by 28.
Darren : Saints by 28.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 20.
CB (9-2, W8)
@ SR (4-7, L1)
Last time : wk 4, 2004 (7 - 41)
Gerald : If they win their remaining 6 games, they
have a shot at a wildcard, but that would mean a lot of other teams totally
falling apart, which I can see. They showed some signs of their old form last
week against the Saints with a 4th quarter rally. But at present, they just
don't seem the team of old. The Bears on the other hand are on a nice roll
and I can't see them slipping up. Bears by 14.
Graham : CH by 10.
Darren : Bears by 14.
SPLATT : Chicago by 8.
DL (6-5, L3)
@ SF (5-6, W1)
Last time : wk 3, 2004 (7 - 9)
Gerald : Both teams still have a shot at a wildcard,
as both are too far behind their respective divisional leaders. So a loss
here is probably the end of the road. Tough one to call, but I'll go with
the Lions, but only just. Lions by 1.
Graham : SF by 6.
Darren : 49ers by 1.
SPLATT : San Francisco by 6.
by Graham Canwell (Week 10)
||Patriots got heaps of yards again but committed four
turnovers and lost. Chiefs got a lot of yards but again not enough points
and also lost. Steelers were playing the Bengals, which tends to count
against you in Rammyland. That leaves the Browns as worthy winners, who
racked up 30 points on the road against the Titans.
||A few contenders, but the Jets get the gong for their
achievement in holding the in-form Dolphins to a mere 6 points. Also worth
a mention were the Steelers - but still against the Bengals, sadly.
||A defeat would have pretty much left the Jets out
of the playoff hunt, but they're still hanging in there after this
week's sensational demolition of the Dolphins.
||For the second week running the Cowboys take the offensive
award. OK, they had some help from the special teams and D but to score
48 points against the 'Skins is a terrific effort.
||Never a week goes by these days without the Vikings
collecting some sort of Rammy and this week it's the defensive award,
thanks to their stifling of the sliding Lions. The Eagles and Bears unsurprisingly
did great things in their rematches against those winless teams.
||Tim had a crack at a fourth straight coaching Rammy
but Richard's thumping of Washington was just that little bit more
impressive as the Cowboys put themselves firmly in the (admittedly a bit
mediocre this year) NFC East title race.
||Feeling bitter and twisted I really, really wanted
to give this to those damned Saints, but was reluctantly forced to admit
that the Bills (outgained by about 200 yards and not even winning the
turnover battle) deserved it more..
Gerald to Richard : Thanks for the LPs.
Gerald to Terry : Nice win last week to keep
it nice and tight in the division.
Gerald to Mark D : Sorry to see you go. Looks
like Bruceys digs finally got to you? :o)
Gerald to Jon : Nice one, beat my record of earlier
on this season,
Gerald to Richard : Looks like you're trying
to follow suit and make both the AFC & NFC East, Divisions of Death :o)
|by Stuart Guard
Some days this job is frustrating, no some weeks this job is frustrating,
okay you got me, this job is just bloody frustrating. Going into week
8 we ranked 2nd in offence, and 14th in defence, and then coming out
of week 10 we ranked 2nd in offence and 6th in defence, hehe we must
be getting better.
Ermmm well as is always the case the only statistics that count are
the ones in the win column. Yes in those three games we've managed to
win just two games, and what's worse lost to the Jets twice. I mean
one is something but did we learn nothing? Well actually yes we did,
so we stopped them running, restricted their number of first down, and
time on the ball, pretty good eh? Errrrr no again, we managed to lose
by a massive margin.
It seems this week it was due to some rather timely fumbles, and the
lack of passing plays to be completed for massive yardage against extreme
run defences, whatever it was it's another loss. That means we're now
7-3, and can only be thankful for the Bills and Pats sharing their series
to leave us just a game back. This week we face the Steelers though
in a wildcard showdown, and lets just say we're not in the form of our
life. Could it be that despite the good start to the season the bubble
has well and truly burst, well the next few games will show. The only
guarantee is that's we won't be picking first in the draft, so if it
goes wrong, won't even have that to look forward to, frustrating or
The Dolphins really have their work cut out now and need to win games
ahead against the Bills and Pats, which will be a real challenge. Did
I mention the frustrating thing yet?
|NEWSFLASH NEWSFLASH NEWSFLASH NEWSFLASH
ust as we were going to press the news desk heard that something big
was happening in Pittsburgh.
[Questions from the floor]
Floor - Coach! Are the rumours that you are standing down true?
Coach Dixon - Yes
Floor - But why? The Steelers are 7-3 and right in the middle
of a tight fight for a playoff spot!
Coach Dixon - I know the timing sucks, the guys here know what
the story is and that's all that matters, as long as they stick to the
program then they'll still make it, despite a tough second half to the
schedule. We have a great group of players here and it breaks my heart
to have to leave them, but personal considerations have to come first!
Floor - Is it also true that you've had to give up coaching jobs
in alternate dimensions?
Coach Dixon - Yes, due to the nature of my involvement in pan
dimensional football, the aforementioned personal considerations (which
I don't want to go into here) have forced me to relinquish my position
as coach in other leagues too. A full list is available from the press
Floor - Well good luck in all that you do in the future coach
is it possible that you will return to AB?
Coach Dixon - Well thank you! And yes it is possible that if
the issues that have caused my resignation are resolved that I could
come back. I've had a long talk with the owner and at the moment the
door is left wide open for me to return, but tomorrow is another day
and the owner might feel that he has to bring a new man in to help with
the push for the playoffs. I certainly won't be back in the short term,
so circumstances may change.
Thank you ladies and Gentlemen, that is all!
[Coach Dixon is seen getting into a battered 1993 Vaxhall and leaving
in a plume of engine parts...]
|Half a Brain
(Or History of NFL Team Nicknames)
|In a 1975 contest, Seattle's expansion franchise received
20,365 entries, extolling 1,741 different names. Seahawks, a name denoting
the city's link to the sea, was on 151 ballots.
||Pittsburgh's professional football team (founded in
1933) was, like its baseball neighbors, initially dubbed the Pirates.
In 1940, owner Art Rooney changed the name to Steelers, reflecting the
city's ties to the steel industry. The name was allegedly suggested
by the wife of the team's ticket manager.
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