No matter who wins the Cowboys-Vikings game tomorrow, next week will be the ultimate battle of good versus evil. And evil better look out, because…
The Saints Are Coming.
Over there years, there has been a strange bond between the NFL and music that seems to be growing . Of course, there is always the Super Bowl halftime show… some being more controversial than others. It makes sense when you consider that both are forms of entertainment, but the spread of Fantasy Football is a whole different ball game, so to speak.
Apparently, ESPN is mixing the world of Rock Music and Fantasy Football by putting together a league consisting several music legends, as well as a few sports writers. Here’s a list of participating “Rock Stars” and their team names:
Aroma of Tacoma – Jerry Cantrel (Alice in Chains)
M.I Evil? Yes I Am – Mike Inez (also of Alice in Chains)
McKagan D – Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver)
Mean Machine – Scott Ian (Anthrax)
The Brickwall – Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
Team 9 – Kenny Arnoff (Elton John, Smashing Pumpkins, the Rolling Stones)
KWS Domination – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Doom Crew Inc. – Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
Of course, it’s all “for charity”, although it sounds like they’re has been a fair amount of smack talking so far. Each participant is donating an item to a charity that the winner of the league will chose. If you’re a Fantasy Football dork like me, and think this is hilarious, you can go check out the league page and keep up with their season: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leagueoffice?leagueId=547015
Go Michigan State!
That wasn’t so hard was it? Actually, it was pretty hard.
It’s terrible right now in my home state of Michigan. I don’t need to go into the details–you hear them all the time on the news. My family is OK, but my friends and neighbors are hurting, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon.
I’m a Michigan Wolverine, and, as such, not accustomed to rooting for Michigan State. Sometimes in a kinda-sorta way–I have to support the Big Ten!–but not with my heart in it.
Tonight, my heart’s in it. Tonight, the Spartans represent my beloved home state in the NCAA basketball championship.
A victory tonight would put smiles on thousands of faces that haven’t smiled for quite some time. Yeah, it’s just a basketball game, but you take your happiness where you find it. So best of luck, MSU. Get out there and show the world that down is by no means the same thing as out.
GO MICHIGAN STATE!
That still feels kind of weird…
Sufjan Stevens – “Say Yes! To M!ch!gan!”
Well, President Obama and Rush Limbaugh finally agree on something–they’re both Steeler fans.
Screw both of ’em. GO CARDS!
Revolting Cocks–“Stainless Steel Providers”:
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals–“Let it Ride”:
Disclaimer: This game is meant to be played with water. Surely, you wouldn’t consider playing it with any other beverage, would you?
This game was perfected through many years of trial and error, starting with Super Bowl XXXII (which my Packers lost, so I needed a lot of water). You could actually use these rules for any football game, but trust me on this, you don’t want to drink this much water more than once a year.
I come from a strange culture where we use the word “beer” to mean “water.” If you read the word “beer” below, and you think “beer” instead of “water,” then you, sir, are a racist.
So without further ado…
Each person in the room must pick a team. Annoying people who are only there to watch the commercials and the halftime show shall be assigned a team in such fashion as to get as close as possible to a 50-50 balance in the room.
You drink when something bad happens to your team.
Changes of Possession
Non-penalty Ass Plays
And if there’s any left in the tank, you really should have a beer if your team loses.
You should not play the Super Bowl Drinking Game™ if you are driving. If you drink this much water and drive, you will have to pull over every five minutes to pee. That doesn’t make for good driving.
My pick this year? Cards in an upset, by less than a touchdown.
I’m a big pro football fan and a minor-league history buff, so I knew this but hadn’t thought of it until I heard someone bring it up on sports radio the other day.
If the Pittsbugh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens today and go to the Super Bowl, they will be playing a team that was once, in a fashion, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In 1943, the NFL rosters were decimated by the draft for World War II. In order to have a season, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers merged:
Officially the team was known simply as the Eagles (without a city designation), the Eagles-Steelers, or the Steelers-Eagles. …However, the official NFL record book refers to the team as “Phil-Pitt.”
No one calls them any of those things. NFL fans refer to the team as “The Steagles,” truly one of the greatest monikers in sports history.
(The relationship between the two teams goes even deeper than that–there was also a strange and complicated occurrence in 1940, where the Steelers moved to Philadelphia and the Eagles moved to Pittsburgh, whereupon the Steelers were renamed the Eagles and the Eagles were renamed the Steelers. While the NFL considers both the Eagles and the Steelers to be entities that go back uninterrupted to 1933 (the Steelers originally as the Pirates), in reality the current Eagles are the former Steelers and vice versa.)
The following year, the Steelers again merged with another team, this time the Chicago Cardinals. The team was officially called “Card-Pitt” but was commonly referred to as “The Carpets.” The Doormats would have been more like it–they lost all ten games they played. From Wikipedia:
How bad were they?
- Card-Pitt punters averaged just 32.7 yards per kick, an NFL record that still stands today
- The team was 0-2 in field goals.
- Conway Baker missed 4 of his 15 extra point tries.
- Card-Pitt completed only 31 percent of their passes, resulting in just 8 touchdowns. They also threw 41 interceptions in 1944 which is still the third highest total in NFL history. McCarthy threw 13 of those interceptions, and completed 0 touchdown passes. His QB rating was only 3.0.
- They were the worst run defense in the league, and opponents outscored them 328-108.
The teams separated the next season, and the Cardinals eventually moved to St. Louis and then to Arizona.
So if the Steelers beat the Ravens and play the Cardinals or the Eagles in the Super Bowl, the folks from NFL Films, who always do a fine job, will have an opportunity to revisit this odd chapter in pro football history. Should that opportunity arise, I hope they take advantage of it.
Here’s a nifty video from ESPN on the revival of the great sport of roller derby, featuring some of our Austin-based Lonestar Rollergirls.
The girl you see making devil horns in the still is a dear friend of mine.
Yes, they really are like this.
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