Praise Galt for Football 4

Dan Edge's picture
Submitted by Dan Edge on Thu, 2006-08-17 13:44

Greetings Sports Fans!

This is 4th annual "Praise Galt for Football."  The first 3 were posted on Objectivist Singles.  Each year, I offer one very well educated fan's view of the coming NFL season.  I thought it was the Colts' time to shine last year, and picked them to win the Superbowl, but they just couldn't take the heat.  Who would've guessed that The Bus would drive his way to his first Superbowl ring in the last game of his career?  Nobody I know picked Pittsburg at the beginning of the season last year, but that's what so great about football: every team has a chance, every season.  So, who's got the best shot this year?

It's difficult to say.  There are several teams that have a killer lineup, but if one or two key players get hurt it would ruin their entire season.  Others are consistent and have depth, but never make it to the Big Game.  Some teams of note:

The Patriots - As long as you've got offensive genius Bill Belichick coaching and gunslinger Tom Brady paired together, you've got yourself a competitive team.  They always put up 20 points or more, and they always seem to win the close games.  The Patriots have won 3 Superbowls in the past 6 years, and many elements of the team that got them there are still in place.  However, the defense has gotten weaker and weaker each year, Cory Dillon is getting old (for a running back), and clutch kicker Adam Vinitari is gone.  I believe the dynasty is coming to an end.

The Steelers - Super Bowl champs last year, they're the team to beat.  Problem is, everyone knows it and have been studying Pittsburg film all summer.  The loss of the Bus is notable, in part because the team was motivated to get him a Superbowl Ring before he retired.  It also doesn't hurt to have 250 lb behemoth pounding the defense at the goal line.  These guys could still put together a good season as long as Rothlesburger doesn't get into anymore motorcycle accidents. 

The Bengals - The team that sucked so bad for so long that they earned the nickname "The Bungles" has finally turned the page.  They've been competitive for the past three years, and are only getting stronger.  USC-bred Carson Palmer had the 2nd highest passer rating last year.  (By "USC", I mean that wanna-be team on the west coast with all those precious national championship trophies.  The *real* USC is, of course, in South Carolina.)  Chad Johnson may have a big mouth, but he's a professional on the field, and Hooshmanzadaman (or whatever the hell his name is)  serves as an excellent #2 receiver.  If the Bengals defense can improve as much as the Colts defense did last year, they'll go deep into the playoffs.

The Broncos - Mike Shannahan is a great coach, and he could make it to the playoffs with any team in the league.  With what he's got to work with in Denver, he's got a shot to go all the way.  Denver defense will continue to improve this year as Champ Bailey is now completely settled in and healthy.  Whichever running backs they choose to use will combine for thousands of yards, as usual.  Jake the Snanke will continue to throw accurate passes behind the stout running game.  'Nuff Said.

The Colts - Will these guys ever win the Superbowl?  Who the hell knows!?!  I think thaey had a better chance last year than this year, because Eddgerin James was such an excellent player and a huge part of their offense.  The defense will probably be just as good this year, but the offensive line is getting weaker.  They did pick up Adam Vinitari, who could win some close games for them.  I wouldn't count the Colts out, but their time is running out.

The Seahawks - Toward the end of last year many people thought the Seahawks were the team to beat.  They're still good, very good, but they need to prove themselves in the playoffs this year.  Shawn Alexander is a wonderful running back for Fantasy Football, but he must continue to produce for his team.  Hasselback is good, but if Alexander gets hurt, the season is over.  An improved defense would also help, though I wouldn't expect it.  On the plus side, they're in probably the weakest NFC division, along with San Francisco, Arizona, and St Louis.

The Panthers - My home team Panthers are also a very tough team to beat this season but, like the Colts, their time is running out.  This is the last year that the best front four defense in football will be together.  New additions to the line-backer corps and a veteran pass defense make them even tougher.  The chemistry between Jake Delhomome and Steve Smith has never been better, and with the addition of Keyshaun Johnson, the passing offense will shine.  DeShawn Foster is a very able running back when he is healthy, and is a particular good as an extra wide receiver, so watch out!   And of course, the Panthers always have good special teams.

Other Teams with a Remote Shot:

The Giants - Clean up the passing game, Eli!  Giants defense will kick ass, but can the offense put it together?

The Chiefs - Larry Johnson is the #1 fantasy pick in most leagues this year, but does #1 player = #1 team?  Maybe...

The Cowboys - Great Coach, decent running back, veteran QB.  Will Terrel Owens be a boon or a liability to team morale?

The Jaguars - They were fighters last year.  No stars on this team, but a lot of heart.  Leftwich won a game in college when he was hurt so bad his linemen had to carry him up the field after each play.  Now that's toughness!

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OK.  My pick for Superbowl Champion '07 is................THE CAROLINA PANTHERS! 

I don't just say that because I'm a Panthers fan (note that I haven't picked them the past 3 years when they were very good).  It's just their time to win.  All the stars are aligned, the offense and defense are in place, all they have to do is play!

Have a good season, sports fans!

--Dan Edge


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Apologies to Colts fans...

atlascott's picture

...and congratulations on a great win.  I seems my predictions could not have been more incorrect!

Chicago's pass rush could not pressure Manning, and he read our few blitzes and reacted as a true professional.  Our defense could not stop the run.  Urlacher did not show up in a major way--no one on the Chicago D did.

We could not run consistently.  Grossman had a bad game, and I, too, would have sat him in favor of Griese at halftime.

Ah, well.  Good on Manning for getting his ring!

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Agreed

Landon Erp's picture

I really got annoyed with the heavy religious overtones, I'm used to it I'm from Indiana and think Dungy and Irsay could've made it much worse than they did.

But I'm just overjoyed to see the hometown boys pull off a great win like that.

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

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"Christian Coaches"

Bill Visconti's picture

I also could have done without the "we're Christian coaches" crap from Dungy during the post game ceremonies. It almost makes me wished the game ended in a tie.

Proud ARIan Warmonger

Grossman = Incompetent

Bill Visconti's picture

Grossman made Trent Dilfer look like Johny Unitas. Chicago could have won this game if they had a competent QB. Also, Chicago's offensive gameplan sucked. With Grossman in there they should have dinked and dunked and not placed their hopes on Rex making the big play. And they should have gone to Greesey at the half. Lovey Smith made a mistake by sticking with "his guy." But in the end, I'm happy for Manning. No one can ever say that he suffered from Marino syndrome. Payton won the big games when it counted.

Proud ARIan Warmonger

Who wants to lynch Rex Grossman?

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Well, that was unfortunate. I can't help but shake the feeling that the Bears could have won if Grossman wasn't a twelve year old girl. Need evidence? His two picks he lobbed up for grabs, I can throw better passes into the wind with a nerf ball. He's about to get sacked on 2nd and 2 and he runs backwards to avoid contact then did his best impression of someone who is truly scared to death by flopping on the ground ten yards behind the line of scrimmage. Then the next play he loses ANOTHER ten yards because he can't take a snap and then passed it through his legs losing another ten yards.

Super Bowl

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Almost pegged it. It was Indy by 12 not 10!

JiM

I hope an apology is forthcoming....

atlascott's picture

...when the Bears shock the world and kick the living shit out of the Colts.  Seriously.

Yes, I know all the arguments.

Manning has never faced a defense like this before. 

The Saints had a comparable and arguably better offense compared to Indy.

The Saints had a better defense than Indy.

Everybody picked the Saints to beat the Bears, too.

It didnt happen then, it isn't going to happen in Miami. 

In fact, Brian Urlacher may DECAPITATE Manning on a sack.  I predict Grossman ends up with a better passer rating than Manning.

THAT is what this defense does to quarterbacks.

Again, I can't wait.  I think it will be a great game, either way.  And I may be a tad partisan in my assessment.  As disaapointed a Bears fan I would be if they lost, I am such an admirer of Manning that it would not sting too much if he got his ring.  A quarterback and PERSON as great as he is deserves a ring at some point during his career, just like Marino.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Not Into Football

Sandi's picture

But it was great to hear from Dan again.

My pick for the Superbowl

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

The Colts and peyton Manning win this game by 10.

Jim

2 GREAT GAMES!

atlascott's picture

It is not often that you get 2 great conference title games, and an odds-on likelihood of a GREAT Superbowl match-up like we have this year.

First, as a Bears fan, I am elated that we knocked the piss out of the Saints.  Wow, that is a performance reminiscent of the Bears play early in the season, other than the fact that Grossman still looked extremely average for most of the game.  As far as I am concerned, he can play average all game all he wants as long as he continues to rifle the ball in where it needs to be when it matters most.  And that is exactly what he did--what the greats do--move the ball when it really matters.

But let it be said about the Saints--they are a great team a young team that is onyl going to get better.  Their coach, Sean Payton is amazing.  Brees is a top five or better QB.  Deuce is a great running back.  Reggie Bush is one of those guys that is just a marvel of athleticism.  He just walked away from what is considered a very fast Bears secondary, including Mr. Speed, Brian Urlacher.  Bush is THAT FAST.  A one man game breaker.  The Saints have a chance at a dynasty, with the talent they've assembled.  They need a touch more speed in the defensive secondary, and need to start thinking about youth on the D line, but it would not suprise me to see them in the NVC title game again over the next 5 years, with their offensive buildigt blocks.

I like the Pats, but I love underdogs more.  Peyton Manning is my favorite QB, and is hands down the best QB in the league, and has been for 2 years or more.  I know, Brady has the rings.  Brady is a phenom in  the playoffs.  I credit Bellicheck with alot of that, but there is no denying in my mind that Brady is the #2 best.  Can't go wrong with either, but no one manages a game, and really RUNS an offense like Manning.

We have a classic powerhouse offense against an opportunistic and aggresive defense for the Superbowl!  Too bad it is 2 weeks away!

GO BEARS.

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Cloud Nine

Landon Erp's picture

Last night was just amazing. Manning and the crew really got it done. For once I'm proud to call Indy home.

GO COLTS!!!

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

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I was right on football for once

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

I'm happy for Peyton Manning, he came through. It was clear the Colts had the better quarterback yesterday even with peyton's pick six to Asante Samuel. The Saints, well they were the aints yesterday. Homefield advantage is huge for cold weather teams. New England lost because they didn't have it. The Bears won because they did.

Jim

This one's in Indianapolis

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

I think the colts have got a good shot at this one because they're playing in Indianapolis. On a fast, indoor field Marvin Harrison should have a big day. I also expect the Colts to try to get Joseph Addai out in space on screen and short passes.

I absolutely do not know how New England won last week. 4th and 5, Brady throws an interception and the Chargers fumble it back to New England. Unbelievable!

Jim

I agree with Jeff

Jason Quintana's picture

Until I see otherwise I can't see the more talented Colts beating the battle tested Patriots. Even in their depleted state, I pick them to steal one again from the Colts in a close one. I think the Saints will defeat the Bears on the NFC side.

-Jason

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No Way on Colts

Jeff Kremer's picture

Sorry, just isn't happening. Colts choke. Contrast that with Tom Brady and the Patriots who have stood up under pressure time and again and you'll see why they don't have a chance. You have to know that the pressure is getting to Manning. As a guy who has played on many a sports team up until now and normally has the team that comes in second, I know how it starts to haunt a guy after a while.

Now, look at Brady. He's been there and done that. He's done it again and again. There's no question as to who has the advantage in that matchup.

My new picks

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Chicago and Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. My track record's been as bad as the Swami, aka Chris Berman Smiling

Jim

Bears

Jeff Kremer's picture

Unpredictable running game? Not so much. I predict a running game that works as well as Grossman's passing. The defense'll be back on track for the Saints. At least they better be if they wanna stop Reggie Bush. Reggie's athleticism is unreal.

Pats over Colts. Easy. Colts'll never keep their windpipes open long enough to make it to the end of the game on top. Brady and that Pats, on the other hand, been there done that.

Ha Ha Ha!

atlascott's picture

Yep, Jeff you ARE a Bears fan!  You got them down cold!

With a couple hours left before kickoff, I am tending to think the Bears will win, but their inability to stop the run, along with loss of Tommy Harris at tackle, and the injured secondary means that we have an unpredictable D.  And an unpredictable O, with Grossman, unpredictable pass protection, and a now you see it, now you dont running game.

GO BEARS!

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Playoffs

Jeff Kremer's picture

New Orleans just knocked out the Eagles, and tomorrow the Seahaws play the Bears. The Seachickens don't have a chance. Bears' defense will crush them all, plus the Chickens have no secondary so even Grossman might be able to complete a few passes.

If Seattle wants to have a chance here's what they'll do:
get the ball, kneel three times, punt the ball out of bounds, wait for the Chicago offense to screw up, get the ball with good field position on a turnover, run the ball until you're in field goal range, kick a field goal IMMEDIATLY so that the Bears don't pick a pass or make you fumble. Rinse repeat.

Playoffs

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

The Colts, Chargers, Saints and Bears will win Sunday Smiling.

Jim

It just had to be said

Landon Erp's picture

The Colt's defense against the chiefs and Addai's runs were a true thing of beauty in last weekend's game.

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

http://www.angelfire.com/comics/wickedlakes

Oh.

Melissa Lepley's picture

I thought for a moment that Dan had come back.

Sad

Melissa

Florida Wins!

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Go Gators!! Wow, 41-14.

Gators

LWHALL's picture

As a lifetime UF fan I just hope both Dan and James are correct in their predictions. Fla has a tough road against Ohio State and needs to play a game without so many of the miscues which have afflicted them in previous games.

L W

Big 10? That's Big Bitches!

Dan Edge's picture

I predict Michigan and Ohio State will both lose.  Of course, that's based more on personal loyalty than anything else.

--Dan Edge

Big XII? Thats Big 10. As

Big XII? Thats Big 10. As much as I hate to say it, both Michigan and the Buckeyes will win their bowl games.

Wm

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Florida Wins

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

I agree with Dan. Florida will win this game.

Jim

Ohio State vs Florida

Dan Edge's picture

Anyone got a prediction on the National Championship Game? 

I'm going to go out on a limb and pick Florida.  It's one thing to push around the Big XII, and quite another to win an SEC conference where *7* teams were in the top 25 at some point in the season.  This will be a game of big plays and lots of points.  Florida's speed on offense and defense is too much for the Buckeyes, and Florida wins 34-31.

Go SEC!

--Dan Edge

The Bears?

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

Bill,

I can buy the Patriots, but the Bears? Rex Grossman will fast fade in the playoffs again.

My Superbowl Prediction is: Chargers vs. Cowboys

Jim

Superbowl

Bill Visconti's picture

Superbowl prediction:

Patriots - Bears

Brady gets his fourth ring. They then rename the Lombardi Trophy to the "Belichick Trophy".

Cowboys

J. Heaps-Nelson's picture

I'm liking my Cowboys' chances now Smiling

Jim

Colts

Landon Erp's picture

As a Hoosier (I actually live in Indianapolis) it's become an interesting passtime around here. Try to figure out how great the Colts will look in season and they exactly how they'll blow it when it counts.

Then subsequently cheering the Patriots.

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

http://www.angelfire.com/comics/wickedlakes

Jonah is...

Jameson's picture

2 metres and 20 stone - what you mean it's not what it would look like?

Oh, please...

Craig Ceely's picture

That is not at all what it would look like. My God.

But, that having been said, Ross is right, too: the two sports, while related, are legitimately different, each interesting in its own right.

Sorry to be both opinionated and ecumenical, but there you go...Smiling

Craig
(American who has watched and enjoyed the Cricket World Cup. Once.)

I cheated

Peter Cresswell's picture

"But how the hell did you attach that shot without having to post it as a new thread?"

I cheated. (That is, I cut and pasted some HTML.)

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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Even though American

Ross Elliot's picture

Even though American football is an offshoot of rugby, the games have developed along such different lines, well, you may as well compare cricket and baseball.

Certainly the throwing ability of a quarterback leaves any rugby comparison for dead. That said, rugby comes our ahead for a greater overall skillset. All players pass, run, tackle and kick. Specialists exist, but many positions are interchangable. And while the finesse of rugby forwards would leave the scrimmagers of gridiron for dead, I think the running backs are very even in speed and offensive ability.

I love both games. But I wear All Black undies Eye

Eureka!

Jameson's picture

Thank you Peter - a much better picture than this one. But how the hell did you attach that shot without having to post it as a new thread?

Lomu steamrolls Catt
 

Jonah!

Peter Cresswell's picture

Is this what you were looking for Jameson?

Jonah Lomu on his way to the tryline and rugby history. England's fullback about to be run over.

Cheers, Peter Cresswell

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1995 Rugby World Cup

Jameson's picture

There's a picture of what it looks like in the accidental new thread "Lomu steamrolls Catt".

Would love to see

LWHALL's picture

what was left of some non pad-wearing rugby player after a 6' 6" 320lb(2.0m, 145kg) defensive end running at full tilt hit him and drove his head into the dirt.

King Arthur to the Black Knight "Look, you stupid bastard. You've got no arms[head] left".

L W

p s

Of course

Craig Ceely's picture

Mick, of course punters count. Sure they do.

Nice that one guy can be named....Smiling

Darren Bennett

Mick's picture

Darren Bennett was in the NFL. Do punters count?

Oh yeah?

Craig Ceely's picture

Too bad ruggers time and again fail to make it in the NFL. Guess they can't handle the pads.

Pads are for pussies...

Jameson's picture

Shoulder pads, collar pads, forearm pads, hand pads, hip pads, thigh pads and knee pads. There's only one kind of athlete that wears pads down here, you Yankie Doodle Dandies, and you won't find them itching their jock straps.

For a taste of real men in a real ball game, tune in to the All Blacks tomorrow night 5:30 NZT and watch them tear into the Australians. As a great Nike rugby poster once pronounced: "It's not the winning, it's the taking apart."

Real women like football

Thomas Lee's picture

Real women like football too.

Green

jtgagnon's picture

Now, that would be something...but it'll never happen. I dare say the Cubs probably won't ever make it to the WS. And I'm a hardcore, diehard Cubs fan. I don't know why, seeing as how I'm originally from Michigan, but I've never been a Tigers fan...

Cubs vs. cardinals! I want

Cubs vs. cardinals! I want to see a WS match this year Cubs vs. TIGERS!

I'm a Real Man

jtgagnon's picture

I'm a "real man" and I loathe football.

The ideal is baseball: wrigley field, cubs vs. cardinals, a beer in one hand, a hot dog in the other, and a gorgeous blonde female - attired in cubs gear - sitting next to me and yelling expletives at the umpires, breasts heaving with passion. Now that, sir, is worth living for.

Seattle, all the way.

Ross Elliot's picture

Seattle, all the way.

Right

Craig Ceely's picture

Really Real men scoff at men who scoff at real mean who love football Smiling

Really real real men say: You keep telling yourself that. Eye

Actually, I wasn't scoffing at men who love football, Dan, but at men who make "real men do/don't" proclamations. Real men hate shit like that!

Really Real

Dan Edge's picture

Really Real men scoff at men who scoff at real mean who love football  Laughing out loud

--Dan Edge

What real men do

Craig Ceely's picture

Real men scoff at such "real men" claims!

I'm with Jennifer on this one.

Real Men...

Dan Edge's picture

Love football! 

Erm...

Prima Donna's picture

So that's why so many people are single around here. Sticking out tongue

Jennifer

-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

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