Coffee Cup Quarterback | Week 10: Livin On A Prayer…

Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck and Offensive Tackle Anthony Castonzo

Whooah…we’re half way there…

Give or take a week.  Or two.

Yes, I was inspired by the music coming from Soldier Field during Sunday Night Football.  And, it just happens to be my personal anthem.  Lucas Oil Stadium (or whoever controls the music at our pad)…take note.

We gotta hold on to what we got…

The Atlanta Falcons that it is.  Trying to hold on to their unbeaten record, the only one left in the NFL this season.  The Falcons played the Saints, who Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith is 2-7 against.  The Falcons fall to 8-1.  The 1972 Dolphins pop the champagne.  And then there were none…

It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not…

Or so it would seem between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.  Or…does it?  Tony Romo is living up to his nickname, Mr. November (no he was not in Playgirl), as he rallies his team to beat the Michael Vick-less Eagles (who left with a concussion in the second quarter).  And there doesn’t look to be a looming quarterback controversy with rookie Nick Foles at the helm.

Also helping the Cowboys, the Giants lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.  If Eli Manning’s arm was tired, it’s rested now.  He’s had two games in a row with no touchdowns.  You know what does look tired?  The Giants offensive line, which allowed four sacks on Manning.  And the Giants defense, which was holier than Tim Tebow.

We’ve got each other and that’s a lot…
For love…we’ll give it a shot…

That would be the Indianapolis Colts.  United by love for their sick coach, Chuck Pagano, the players shaved their heads for him this week.  Then went down to defeat their division rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Colts, at 6-3, have a two game lead over the other AFC teams in the hunt for a wildcard playoff spot.  Yes, the Colts are the darlings of the NFL…and were also the darlings of the refs on Thursday night.  Still…the Colts are quickly becoming the team that no one wants to play.  Because, they are just that…a team.  And my team, so I may be a little biased.

We’ve got to hold on ready or not…

And the San Diego Chargers were not.  Ready.  At.  All.  For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  But, they were cleared of any wrong doing in the Stickygate scandal.  So there’s that…

You live for the fight when that’s all that you’ve got…

Only the New York Jets don’t appear to have any fight left in them.  Or if they do, it is on the bench…praying.  The Jets were beat by the Seattle Seahawks 28-7.  Even Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate had a chance to throw…and he did.  For a touchdown to Sidney Rice.

A few side notes…

The NFL may want to look into this concussion thing, *insert sarcasm* as three starting quarterbacks went out with them on Sunday: Jay Cutler (Bears), Alex Smith (49ers), and Michel Vick (Eagles).  Two of which had something to lose…

And for the first time since 2008, we had a tie game in the NFL.  And just like last time…one of the players was not aware of the rules.  *Insert Donovan McNabb joke.*

Do they not cover this at rookie camp?  Brush up on it during training camp?  If I’m an NFL coach (and I don’t aspire to be), the first thing I do when my team goes into overtime is…REMIND THEM OF HOW IT WORKS!  And maybe have a pop quiz on the NFL Rule Book.  Sorry.  Didn’t mean to yell…

So, here we are.  At the turning point of the season.  Some things are becoming more obvious…others, more puzzling.  The one thing we can be sure of…a wild ride from here.

Take my hand…we’ll make it, I swear…

XO

This post brought to you by Bon Jovi.

Game Winning Interception

It was the longest five minutes in NFL history.  The Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks was over.  The clock had run out.  And we were waiting…to see who won.

Rookie Quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary with seconds left on the clock and both Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate and Packers defender M.D. Jennings appeared to come down with the ball.  One official ruled it a touchdown.  The other, an interception. After reviewing the play, the replacement officials went with the touchdown.  Touchdown it was.  Only…it wasn’t.

Upon further review, it looks like Tate not only didn’t have control of the ball, but may have taken both hands off of it at one point.  It’s history now.  The Green Bay Packers were victims of the worst call in NFL history and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson became the first quarterback to ever throw a game winning interception.

Fans were left stunned, outraged, and disappointed.  The NFL replacement officials may make for bad football, but they make for damn good Twitter:

The players chimed in as well.

Yes, Lang will probably get fined for his tweet.  But maybe the officials will pay it for him with the raises they are now sure to get.

Golden Tate says he knows he had the ball.  Packers Receiver Greg Jennings says he doesn’t think Tate’s claim would pass a lie detector test.  Well, that would be one way around paying the refs.  Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that.

It is time to end the lockout with the NFL officials.  For the record, I am not in favor of paying part time employees of the NFL a pension when pensions don’t exist for full time employees.  Pensions don’t really exist at all in real life.  Not anymore.  But there is a compromise.  And they need to find it.

I leave you with this:

https://twitter.com/NFLJesus/status/250450093784825856

Amen.

XO