January 16, 2011

Football update: both 6-seeded teams have beaten 1 seeds and will go on to face 2 seeds.

It seems apt — right? — to regard these 2 erstwhile 6 seeds as the new #1 teams. So, let's predict that the Packers and the Jets will defeat those 2 seeds — the Bears and the Steelers — next week. As for the Super Bowl, let's remember what happened last time the Jets encountered the Packers:
Ugly. Sloppy. And, perhaps, a little rusty.

It all added up to one big dud for the New York Jets.

Mason Crosby kicked three field goals for Green Bay, and that was all the Packers needed as they held the Jets off the scoreboard for a 9-0 victory Sunday....
Embarrassing!

I got some help from Meade writing that, I confess. We were watching the Jets game, and I supported the Jets (in that game) based on my assessment of the costumes, which as you know, are very similar. However, in my view, the red faceguards on the Patriots helmets were garishly decorative (and possibly vision-impairing). After they won, the Jets, to my dismay, pranced off the field with their arms flung out and weaving around like a kid pretending to be an airplane. It was like those kids on the old PBS show "Zoom":



Embarrassing!

36 comments:

Florida said...

This would be a hilarious post if you wrote it in the style of the Manolo.

"The red face guards of the Patriots helmets .. they were the garishly decorative."

Meade said...

Okay. I'm sorry but the Super Bowl will not be Project Runway. Don't force me to go out to a bar.

Meade said...

Kidding.

Ann Althouse said...

Now, if you start doing the Zoom dance, I'll go out to a bar.

Original Mike said...

When I don't care who wins, I root for the team with the best costumes as well. Honest.

Original Mike said...

"Both 6th seeded teams have beaten 1 seeds and will go on to face 2 seeds"

This is another carrot and onion ring post, right?

Florida said...

The Althouse says: The Zoom dance, she has never been out of the style, and she will never go out of the style.

Original Mike said...

Oh, great. The Packers are playing the Bears for the NFC championship and it's "let's all be civil" week.

LarsPorsena said...

"It seems apt — right? — to regard these 2 erstwhile 6 seeds as the new #1 teams. So, let's predict that the Packers and the Jets will defeat those 2 seeds — the Bears and the Steelers — next week. As for the Super Bowl, let's remember what happened last time the Jets encountered the Packers:...."

Meade has finally possessed you body, mind, and soul.

EDH said...

Althouse skipped the best part.

"Whom?"

0 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 4

edutcher said...

Meade told Ann to mix tennis metaphors with football?

With regard to the post about marriage changing men, I guess it's true.

Florida said...

Meade, dude, if Ann writes about the players' "costumes" one more time, I'm officially kicking your ass out of manhood.

Edumacate your woman, sir, or face the consequences.

MadisonMan said...

It is true that the Pack beat the Jets the last time they met. However, the same could have been said about the Jets and the Pats before today.

I'm not a big fan of trash-talking sports teams like the Jets. I'm not a big fan of Ben Roethlisberger either. Choosing the favorite in that game is rather like choosing between two senators for President.

Peano said...

Embarrassing!

Antidote!

William said...

Despite enduring more bad jokes about his sexuality than any man since Tom Cruise, Rex Ryan has persevered and triumphed. He has saved us all a week of hearing further variations on the the agony of de feet.

LarsPorsena said...

MM:

"...I'm not a big fan of trash-talking sports teams like the Jets. I'm not a big fan of Ben Roethlisberger either. .."

Neither am I and I'm a Steelers fan.

Meade said...

Florida said...
Edumacate your woman, sir, or face the consequences.

Ha ha ha. I find it cute. So sue me, Sue.

She actually has many interesting observations and questions. As you can imagine, she's a very quick learner. And she pulls no punches with her open-minded critiques. For example, when a member of the Jets kickoff team stepped out of bounds and then came back into the field of play and then was the first player to touch the ball and was therefore flagged, she asked, "What kind of pussy rule is that? OH! NO TOUCHING! YOU TOUCHED SOMETHING YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TOUCHED!"

She also scoffs at players who make fluttery hand gestures to the officials. "OH! DID YOU SEE THAT? HE TOUCHED ME IN A WAY THAT WAS INAPPROPRIATE! YOU SIMPLY MUST TOSS YOUR COLORFUL LITTLE HANDKERCHIEF AT HIM!

(And then she very perceptively notes that the manly Packers never behave in such an embarrassing manner, humiliating their fans and themselves.)

Maguro said...

Way to suck up, Meade. Well played.

write_effort said...

Best "costume" in the NFL: Seahawks home uniform. Sorry they were eliminated (in their road costumes).

Original Mike said...

"What kind of pussy rule is that?"

I've got the same question. What is the point of that rule?

Ann Althouse said...

"What is the point of that rule?"

I see the point of the rule, I just think it's funny that there are all of these fussy, girly things within the ostensibly manly environment of football.

The word "touch" comes up a lot (including in "touchdown"). It's so gentle and subtle. Touch! Not hit or pound or slug. Just touch.

PaulV said...

Sensing on the uncivility of Da Bears
http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2011/01/seahawks-fall-to-climate-of-hate-in.html

Methadras said...

Dear God I remember that show.

Original Mike said...

I just think it's funny that there are all of these fussy, girly things within the ostensibly manly environment of football.

Understood and agreed. But I'd still like to have the reason for the rule explained to me.

Michael said...

I was torn during the Bears, Seattle game. I have been a Bears fan for around 70 years. I was raised as a Bears and Cubs fan. Everybody in Chicago knows that Bears home games have been sold out for 50 years. Season tickets are left to children in wills.

On the other hand, Pete Carroll got screwed over by USC and should still be there. Once again, SC got screwed by the pussies in the NCAA and the school screwed the coach who had nothing to do with Reggie Bush's private arrangements.

The same thing happened in the 70s with John Robinson and I thought the university had learned from that, Apparently not.

Maguro said...

OM - The purpose of the rule is to prevent players from gaining an unfair advantage by going out of bounds to avoid being blocked. Stay in bounds, beat your block and you can be the first to play the ball.

Original Mike said...

"The purpose of the rule is to prevent players from gaining an unfair advantage by going out of bounds to avoid being blocked."

I see. Thank you.

Penny said...

"Out of bounds" used to mean that you stepped over the line, and not talking football here.

Course that was back in the day when parents would say it, or teachers would say it. They didn't need to scream it. Nor were there any penalties or restrictions or rules or time outs because of it.

It was all pretty well understood that whatever you just did, shouldn't happen again any time soon.

Florida said...

"Touch! Not hit or pound or slug. Just touch."

Amongst men, pounding is OK. Slugging is OK.

Touching is a no-no.

dont tread 2012 said...

Costumes? Really.

Bet you were just waiting for some way to weave that insipid 'Zoom' TV show open into a thread.

That was my least favorite show as a kid...heck I think it was a product of a Boston TV station. No wonder the Patsies lost.

dont tread 2012 said...

Factoid: all of the final-4 teams this year (Steelers, Jets, Packers, Bears) have won a Super Bowl before. Don't believe that has ever happened...

wv - greor

Eeyore's little-known brother

rdkraus said...

Meade

If Ann is concerned about the girly rules, you should take a moment to review all the special QBack rules with her. The QBacks should really be wearing tutus at this point.

As a NYer, I have to close my mind to all the A-Holes on the Jets, when I route for them (kinda like with LT with the Giants). I mean Cromartie has like 11 kids by 10 women - other than that, he's a great guy.

garage mahal said...

Bear Fan
I know you said you wanted Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. But you really don't, now, do you? You wish you were playing anyone else but Green Bay. Hehe.

Calypso Facto said...

"After they won, the Jets, to my dismay, pranced off the field..."

Except for that wicked backflip by Braylon Edwards. Which, I suppose, sounds kind of gymnastics-girly too, but looked cool.

Phil 3:14 said...

I wish someone would tell me whether Rex Ryan is a Republican or a Democrat. Then I'll know whether I should admire his frank and spirited pronouncements or denounce his uncivil and violent rhetoric.

Henry said...

The Jets are going to be crushed next week. They thought yesterdays win was the Superbowl.