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  1. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    Just for the record, I think he would do himself some good if he just takes a loss gracefully -- SB or NFC loss etc.  That's part of the game.  Everyone remembers Giselle saying that her husband can't throw and catch the ball; but we "forget" that Brady sat (in an amazing suit) for the duration answering shitty questions about how it feels to lose a Superbowl.  Manning had to do the same - and so did Rothlesberger, Warner, etc etc etc.  Some did it better than others but Newton did it worse of all.  
  2. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    Oh, completely agree about the coaching staff.  However, the same system that embarked on the mistakes of the past is still there to repeat the mistakes for the future.  The decision-makers in that organization are horrible at their job; so long as they make the decision to take the Johnny Manziels of the world, they will always languish in the bottom third of the league.   I mean, just how many seasons have we said "Give them a couple of seasons and..."?  
  3. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    I don't know.  Seems like Vegas is being a little optimistic on the Browns.   What a dumpster fire.  
  4. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    Just in fairness to my comments I specifically said that "Terrible answers from a multi-millionaire who seemed to, not for the first time this day, shrink when the lights were the brightest."  IN other words, the lights were bright at the post-game press conference and he looked as bad there as he did during the game where the lights were also bright.  I was not making an over-arching commentary as to Newton's past performances.   As far as the game itself, he looked really bad.  Some of that was pressure, no doubt, but in many ways the Panthers O-line was better than the Pats one was a two weeks ago and Newton looked worse.  I agree that he passed for "twice as many yards as Manning" but what does that really say?  Manning ALSO had a shitty game; his team didn't NEED for him to play that well (and he didn't).  If you don't think he got overwhelmed and looked lost out there, tha'ts fine, but I also watched the game and he looked pretty terrible.   If Manning lost, I guess I would have made some jokes about it etc, but Manning played his game: simple passes, nothing daring, let the D win the game and the D won the game.  if the D did not play the game it played, Manning WOULD NOT have been able to win it for them and that would have looked just as awful.   Because it was awful.  
  5. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    So, the more I think on it, I think the biggest take-aways from this game were 1) how great the Denver D was and 2) how terrible this game will be, long term, for Newton.   THe Denver D has been talked to death and there is no need to rehash it.  But Newton's dud of a game would have been bad enough- many players lay an egg in a Superbowl and, well, it happens and everyone moves on.  And I will say outright that I think at least a PORTION of the criticism directed at Newton ios because he's black and because many white Americans are "sleeper-agent-level" racists.   But the criticism of Newton was his attitude; that he was a cocky, arrogant QB who was a perfect front-runner; he laid in on thick in wins, but when things got tough he became petulant and evasive.   Lets not mince words, Newton's actual game was putrid; maybe one of the worst SB performances since ... O'Donnell?  Its hard to say.  He threw picks, he fumbled, he could not avoid pressure; and he failed to raise his game when his team needed him to.  All that.  But worse: he was utterly and totally overwhelmed and consumed by the moment.  Cam Newton looked and played small; he seemed lost; throws were too high; he tried to do too much; and most of the day looked like he was not ready.   Now, when the Superbowl was over, Newton decided to lay a bigger egg in his post-game presser.  He sulked through the questions, just whiny and throwing a mini-hissy fit.  "We lost" etc.  Terribel answers from a multi-millionaire who seemed to, not for the first time this day, shrink when the lights were the brightest,  Now look, as a fan of Darth Hoodie, his post-game press conferences are horrid after a loss; he displays grumpyness and an attitude of "just-how-fast-can-I-get-out-of-here" as Newton.  And his rep has suffered because of it.  Also, who THE FUCK gives a "good" post-loss press-conference?  I mean, other than Brady?  Newton's post-game conference is now hanging around his neck because its the last image we have of him; and it lived up to the hype that many ascribed to him- that of a pompous and cocky pro-athlete who loves to talk it up when he wins and demands his privacy when he loses.  That was not, at all, a good look for Newton. He is going to have this label on him for a while and his PR people will work to massage the message a bit as the season starts in 2016 (ie: a fluff interview by ESPN: "I could have handled that better" and announcers in the booth saying pre-canned lines "Jim, that just tells me that Cam Newton gets it.").  But right now, the WORST thing Cam Newton could have done was live down to the opinions the "haters" had of him and he did that.  Over and over again.   The only way Cam Newton can grow out of this now is not to have a good PR campaign or anything like that; but to get to another Superbowl and do something he was utterly incapable of doing this year- act like he's been there before.    
  6. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    Newton looked awful; he completed 18 passes on 41 attempts (43%), no TDs, a pick, 2 lost fumbles; he , horrid game.  He made terrible reads and basically only had a hand-full of really good passes. A huge, huge part of the blame for the loss should fall on him.   At the same time, the Denver D was the Denver D; it was unbelievable.  As good as any D that has played in a Superbowl in the last 10 years.  How much of that is on Newton v. the O-line (6 sacks) v. the the game plan.  Also, losing a WR to concussions mid game = not good.  Newton is the QB so he should get attention for the loss or the win and that's just the way the universe works.  Brady had a similar game last week, but he put up 300 yards, and had the team in the game the whole time.   And, yeah, racism is around this one, but that still does not make criticizing Newton per se racism.  I think one thing we can all agree on is that when it came right down to it, neither QB rose to the occasion, but Manning didn't have to and Newton did.        
  7. NFL Post-Superbowl L : Wheeling Off Into the Sunset

    What a terrible game.   The two teams combined for seven fumbles, 4 lost (3 by Panthers); each QB had a fumble and a pick.  Both looked utterly terrible. Neither could get a passer rating over 60.  The D’s played really well, but were more than assisted by terrible play from the O’s - the aforementioned turnovers, sure, but the Panthers alone had 12 penalties for 102 yards, and something like 6 of those were pre-snap penalties; the refs missed a few others and that was the whole game Yes, I know, Defenses play and the Denver D was the ENTIRE difference in this game, but turnovers are killers and this game had way way way too many along with general sloppy play.  Von Miller as MVP made total sense.   Grats to Manning on a very good career and his auto-inclusion at Canton.  No sour grapes; you went to the perfect team for you and it paid off huge.  Great job.   Let’s now all pretend to like another sport until August.    
  8. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Translation: I have watched 6 games in my life.  
  9. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    The best thing about this shitty game has been this board.  
  10. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Punting... wow... 
  11. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Lets be a little more subtle, okay?  
  12. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Just another terrible decision in a game filled with them.   Another penalty btw.    
  13. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Just a brutal end to a terrible game.  Manning to ice it with meaningless TD.  So, so fitting.   Miller is easily the MVP; Newton just looked awful- could never do anything right and his last play there... not going for the ball... errr.... 
  14. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    Like I said, all Denver D here.  The Denver O is basically "2-minutes-off-the-clock-and-a-cloud-of-dust."  
  15. NFL 2016: Super Bowl in Memory of John Fox

    The way the ref said "False Start" makes it seem like even he's sick of the calls at this point...