Welcome to PatsFans.com

This and That (Crossroads)

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Zeus, Oct 19, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Zeus

    Zeus PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    24
    Ratings:
    +59 / 1 / -0

    1. Schadenfreud (On Another Matter) - Spent Thursday in New York on business, and was feeling pretty good riding back on the train Friday morning. The Big Alpo was in a monumental funk, reacting with fury over the now defunct 2012 Yankees, lamenting them as the biggest waste of $200 million in the entire history of money. Which is pretty cool. Seeing this gigantic cesspool of semi-humanity and abject filth in such an indescribably foul mood really brightened my day and gave me reason to be optimistic about the upcoming weekend.

    2. Woody and the jets - Robert Wood (“Woody”) Johnson IV’s most notable accomplishment is being the great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson. Since buying the vile jets in 2000, he has waged an epic battle with Knicks' owner Charles Dolan to see who is the stupidest member of The Lucky Sperm Club in the northern hemisphere.

    It is Woody who is responsible for the Tim Tebow debacle. The idiot owner brought in Tebow against the wishes of Mike (Oh!) Tannenbaum and Le Grand Rex. In so doing, Woody has effectively put the once and future quarterback in the display window at Saks Fifth Avenue, asking him to preen for the leering, brain-damaged hyenas that constitute The New York Sporting Press. Meanwhile, Mike and Rex spend a disproportionate amount of their time propagating metric tons of obvious bull**** regarding the Insane Decoy Plan of the Week, a harebrained scheme to trick the next opponent into devoting hours of practice time dealing with Tebow in some heretofore unexplored role (this week, a running back; next week, nose tackle …)

    One would understand completely if young Mr. Tebow were to be puzzled and frustrated by all of this. He can’t relish being used as a prop by the owner and a decoy by the coach. He is, after all, a football player who has had some degree of success. Just why is it that God’s plan (in its infinite wisdom) has to include Tebow as the object of an insane Tug-of-War involving the deranged, the fat and the stupid? I mean you have to feel just a little bit sorry for the guy.

    3. A Long Strange Trip – Back here at home, we reflect on The Curious Case of the 2012 New England Patriots. This is as inexplicably strange a football team as I have ever encountered in over 50 years of watching grown men try to bash each other’s brains out for fun and profit. Had they played just a little bit better, it’s not too hard to imagine that 3-3 could very easily have been 6-0. Just a little bit better.

    And it is an undeniable fact that there is enormous room for improvement in all phases of the game:

    • The defensive backfield has treated opposing receivers as though they are carriers of a highly contagious and lethal plague.

    • The offense has had strange episodes of flat out refusing to traverse from The Red Zone to The End Zone, fearing that anyone doing so would be repeatedly shocked with gigantic electric cattle prods until they begin to drool uncontrollably in the manner of Woody Johnson.

    • The Special Teams Prank of the Week (a blocked punt here, a missed field goal there …) is giving Coach Belichick acid reflux and a rash on his ankles.

    • The Coaching Staff has lapsed into the occasional mid-game incoherent stupor, doing things that are, well, perplexing to say the very least. Plus, rumors abound that those coaching the defensive backs have been kidnapped and are being held hostage in a yurt somewhere in Outer Mongolia.
    You can readily see how this has taken its toll on the average and not-so-average fan alike. So, where does this leave us? Well, the upside is tremendous and the downside is frightening. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if this team were to miss the playoffs entirely. Or win the Super Bowl.

    Public Safety Notice: TV viewers are advised to keep defibrillators and suitable emergency medication (gin, ether, nitrous oxide, valium, etc.) on hand for the balance of the season.

    4. Houston, We Got a Problem – The self-proclaimed best team in the league through week 5 is clearly not the best team in the league through week 6. I’m not sold on these guys because, let’s face it, they haven’t won anything yet. Still, smarmy Chris Collinsgworth stuck with the script Sunday night, praising J.J. Watt for having a great game even while the Texans' defense gave up 42 points in the process of getting utterly humiliated on national television.

    5. The Falcons remain undefeated because they are doing precisely what the Patriots have failed to do – make big plays to win close games. Atlanta has come perilously close to losing home games to the Panthers and the Raiders, both teams the Falcons should have handled with ease. A good but not dominant team. (And - please, please, please - let's stop with this “Matty Ice” nonsense. A likable guy, a good player, but save the nickname at least until he’s won his first playoff game.)

    6. Mediocrity abounds in the AFC where only the battered Ravens and the suddenly exposed Texans are above .500. It’s way too early for anybody to be talking about playoff seedings.

    7. Crossroads – Still, the Patriots find themselves at a fork in the road this weekend. It’s true that six weeks do not make a season, but the time has come to stop only showing up for every other game and to start playing consistent football. I had suggested that the influx of youth might result in some hiccups in the early going. Fine, but let's get on with it already. Sunday would be a great time to start.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  2. QB12

    QB12 Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1,602
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -1

    #12 Jersey

    Well written, and very well said.
  3. BlueThunder

    BlueThunder PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    3,110
    Likes Received:
    10
    Ratings:
    +19 / 0 / -0

    #24 Jersey

    Very well written. Reminds me of Johnny Conquer's style of writing. :rocker:
  4. DarrylS

    DarrylS PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    40,824
    Likes Received:
    89
    Ratings:
    +150 / 3 / -19

    Nicely done, rivals many of the best posts on this board..
  5. Clonamery

    Clonamery PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2005
    Messages:
    3,292
    Likes Received:
    15
    Ratings:
    +28 / 0 / -1

    Bump. Yup it's been a bumpy ride thus far.
  6. Off The Grid

    Off The Grid Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    6,601
    Likes Received:
    56
    Ratings:
    +93 / 5 / -0

    #3 Jersey

    I don't agree with everything here by a long shot, but this is just an absolutely phenomenally crafted Piece.
  7. olschool

    olschool Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2009
    Messages:
    736
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Nice job. I'd like to see them handle the 49ers like the Giants did, before I'll start speculating about playoff seeding.
  8. Gwedd

    Gwedd PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    4,965
    Likes Received:
    61
    Ratings:
    +109 / 0 / -1

    #61 Jersey

    Nicely written piece. I believe that the ship gets righted this Sunday, and we have a successful run the rest of the season. The parts are all in place with this team. They just have to learn to pull all their fingers into fists and start pounding instead of slapping.

    V/R
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 20, 2012
  9. PATRIOTSFANINPA

    PATRIOTSFANINPA Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    15,719
    Likes Received:
    12
    Ratings:
    +12 / 0 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    Very well said,I especially liked the part where you said the team is capable of missing the playoffs or winning the Super Bowl,it's that kind of year.

    It really is perplexing to say the least,I don't think we will truly have a grasp on how good.......or bad this team will be until at least the Turkey platter and all its trimmings are on the table for the annual family feast.
  10. Reckedtrek

    Reckedtrek Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,739
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    I'll give it a C because I can dance to it.

    It's not OTG's 5-2 thread, but it's good! :)
  11. Zeus

    Zeus PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    24
    Ratings:
    +59 / 1 / -0

    Johnny Conquer (if he's who I think he is) is a pro and I'm a rank amateur in the sub-novice division. That's a great compliment though I'm not sure I've worked hard enough to deserve it. Appreciate it very much. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
  12. Zeus

    Zeus PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    24
    Ratings:
    +59 / 1 / -0

    If they were 3-3 and had played really well, then I 'd be worried. That there is so much room for improvement gives me hope - I'm an optimist at heart.
  13. PatsWickedPissah

    PatsWickedPissah PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Messages:
    22,984
    Likes Received:
    329
    Ratings:
    +706 / 8 / -9

    Disable Jersey

    Yo Zeus, my man.
    Just got back from Italy. Saw your temple in Pompei. Sorry about that volcano, man.
  14. Gwedd

    Gwedd PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    4,965
    Likes Received:
    61
    Ratings:
    +109 / 0 / -1

    #61 Jersey

    Heh....... well played. :rocker:
  15. Zeus

    Zeus PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    979
    Likes Received:
    24
    Ratings:
    +59 / 1 / -0

    Yeah, that was a blast ...
  16. Danger Zone

    Danger Zone On the Roster

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,378
    Likes Received:
    166
    Ratings:
    +335 / 0 / -4

    What Off the Grid was really thinking when he wrote the above... ;)

    (I still love your posts OTG)

    To the OP: I love reading well articulated opinion by rational Patriot fans. Very well done. I'd rather read pieces like yours than half the "professional" hacks out there filling in their day (and wasting our time) with their sensationalist gotta-fill-my-quota type of pieces they mill out.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012
  17. BlueThunder

    BlueThunder PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    3,110
    Likes Received:
    10
    Ratings:
    +19 / 0 / -0

    #24 Jersey

    Wishing Zeus a long and prolific writing career here on Patsfans. :rocker:

    Keep em coming Mr Z ;)
  18. fnordcircle

    fnordcircle ( o Y o ) PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2006
    Messages:
    3,495
    Likes Received:
    63
    Ratings:
    +175 / 5 / -12

    Loved your posts from the first time you started making them. The effort you put into them is visible and appreciated.

    "The Lucky Sperm Club" was ******* inspired dude.
  19. patfanken

    patfanken On the Roster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    5,649
    Likes Received:
    135
    Ratings:
    +259 / 14 / -8

    #91 Jersey

    C'mon Z, stop being so wishywashy and tell us what you REALLY think about NYC

    Outstanding piece of writing, Zeus. You caught the guy perfectly

    A little better? Try 3 plays. One more 3rd down completion in Baltimore. One more made FG vs AZ. And one one of two 20 yd FGs that were there for the taking vs Seattle

    Houston is still a very good team, but that was a "major league egg" they laid. Lets see if there are any scars that came from it.

    Bullseye. The Pats have had some very stylish losses, while the Falcons have had some ugly wins. If style points were given the Pats would be 6-0 and the Falcons 3-3. Still its good for the game that they don't ;)

    The ultimate success of this team will rely on the staffs ability to focus this team on the next game. If they dwell on these 3 losses they'll go nuts.....just like we have. ;) There is plenty of time to build the kind of mental toughness that we've seen the last 2 years. If we manage to do that, this can be a better team than last season's playoff entry.


    Zeus, I love to write, but man, I envy your talent. You are good at it and should do it more often.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  20. PATRIOTSFANINPA

    PATRIOTSFANINPA Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    15,719
    Likes Received:
    12
    Ratings:
    +12 / 0 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    I actually like his slot machine and the bonus round.....I am pretty lucky at it.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>