Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:06 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 1:07 pm
Smash mouth and winning ugly. I never heard these sayings when I was young. I also remember the first time I saw a player spike a touchdown. It truly was an emotional statement. It was Dave Pearson. He was just pounded, and knocked silly for three solid catches because bob Hayes was out and Roger Staubach was down receivers. Pearson had blood from somewhere. He was hurt, but he scored. He slammed the ball down as if he had really done something, out of frustration, jubilation, and pure emotion. His team was getting beat, but they finally got through a very tough, pounding Minnesota Vikings defense. Today is a surreal pre planned, WWF style football game. The guy dunking a football and doing a dance didn't earn a thing. Instead of handing the ball to the official, they need to be on a highlight reel. Could it be only Barry Sanders understood this? So if neither team is doing funky chickens in the end zone, is this winning ugly? Smash mouth and winning ugly. I think this called is a defensive victory. I believe this is a phrase the media creates to back pedal when the team they pumped up all week gets creamed. My best example is 2011 the divisional victories by the New York Giants over the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens win over the Houston Texans. York Giants played a great game, with key stops, help from some drops, and no flag football penalties. Baltimore won with defense. Thats how its been for 40 years. The writer would like you to forget this, kind of like in golf, where you drive for show and putt for dough. Offenses are your show, but defenses win championships. The NFL wants to change this. "Welcome to the new and improved national flag league, where teams with no defense can trollop down the field and average 35 points a game and win 13 games." No slight on the Green Bay Packers. Smash mouth and winning ugly. Now I'm sorry to admit I'm a knuckle dragging gladiator cheering mongrel. But I want nitchke, and Butkus, and the rookie year Suh. If I want pretty catches and dancing I can watch 50 home runs and diving outfielders catching baseballs on ESPN. nope. Im not apologetic when is say football is about crushing the will and pounding the spirit out of the other team. It's not that the packers didn't show up. They simply forgot the fundamental reason this game exists .... And it's not to put up more points than the other guy. We have the NBA for that. Maybe winning ugly was created when the announcers interview the star of the game and it's a smelly dirty bloodied defensive line man or line backer. Maybe smash mouth is because in the interview we see the players hands trickling blood or grass stained tape. Either way, until the announcers and media realize the only "electric" play that occurs is when a guy gets hit so hard his nerve system is stimulated (I played 11 years and this does happen), we will continue to hear how explosive, and electric an offense is,..... When it should be the other way around......
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:50 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 3:58 am
So we just saw the exit of 4 teams from the final dance. Many of you believe them to be insignificant. They, however, represent 4 distinct directions teams take in the NFL. Before we look into each, lets remember there were 4 other teams who are built in similar fashion, also headed in these same 4 directions, but DIDNT make the cut. We will look at them too. So lets dive in: