SUPER BOWL IV
It's the Vikings VS the Seahawks! It's official. Neither team has made it to the PAFL Super
Bowl so we have 2 new Champions, both having great seasons.
Congrats to Jamey and Eric for a fine job. Good luck to you
both. I'll have the file out before the end of the weekend.
Next Radio show The death of my dearest friend this week has caused a
delay to when we will broadcast the next show.
Tod Burros weekly podcast
I corrected the link to Tod's weekly NFL show for those of you
who want to listen in.
Use "Gridiron Gab" to write post game writeups
Again, no clutter to email and it lays the writeup out better.
It also adds more content to the website for league members to
New Poll for week 9
EA Sports have stolen the PC Football market by owning player
rights. Will there ever be competition for them from another
gaming company? What do you think?
The top two teams in the NFC meet for a
chance to win their franchise's first title. Neither team ran the ball
much in their divisional games with LA rushing 18 times for 69 yds and
Minnesota running it 19 times for 91 yds. The Rams have leaned on the
arm of QB Tom Brady much of the season and are not likely to deviate
from that plan in this game. The Vikes have utilized QB Philip Rivers
for much of their offensive output. This one could get down to some
serious matchups with the Vikings boasting the All-time great talents
of WR Brandon Marshall against CB Johnathan Joseph and the Rams
countering with WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Rob Gronkowski, and WR Danny
Amendola. LA RB Dave Johnson and Viking RB C.J. Anderson could play
key roles. To me, the Viking secondary of S Reshad Jones, CB Darius
Slay, CB Jason Verett, and S Donte Whitner are good enough to at least
slow down the Ram aerial attack while second WR option Steve Smith Jr.
could have a big game for the Purple and Gold. Like the Vikes to end
LA dreams. Minnesota 24-21.
The Colts become the last obstacle in
the Seahawks' efforts to get to the SB and claim the title most
pre-season prognosticators had them winning. To deny Seattle,
Indy must find a way to slow down the Seahawks' bruising running game
that churned up 181 yds on the ground last week against the Bengals.
Those Bengals were able to deny Seattle an offensive TD as Seattle's
only paydirt score came on a 31 yd pick 6. The Colts do have a solid
secondary but will have its hands full if the front seven cannot stop
the running game. If Seattle can run the ball, it forces
defenses to get into straight zones or M2m covers and then WRs Larry
Fitzgerald and DeAndre Hopkins do alot of damage. Cincinnati, though,
only had two runs longer than 10 yds all game long and the Colts will
need to do better than that in this one. Indy used 5 New England
turnovers and an outstanding effort against Patriot QB Ryan
Fitzpatrick to secure a solid win but this is a horse of a very
different color. Indianapolis will need to run the ball successfully
(something they are very capable of doing) to get some favorable
passing situations but that is easier said than done. Seattle
takes care of business and moves on in front of their raucous home
crowd. Seattle 27-17.
INTERVIEWSby len barnhart
Q) Tell us
a bit about yourself...where do you live? Career? Married with
children? A) I live in
Williamsville New York which is just outside Buffalo. I'm 64
years old, and I've been married for 43 years. We have two sons,
a financial advisor and a college history professor. I'm retired
after working for USAirways for 42 years. I coached basketball
for 10 years, and it remains my favorite sport.
Q) Your team is coasting along
quite nicely. What are you doing to win so much and how do you
see the season unfolding for you? Can this team win it all?
A) We are having a nice season, and I'm sure luck has had a lot
to do with it! My team seems to force turnovers and get to the
opposing QB. I think when you get to the playoffs anything can
happen. As far as winning it all, I'd say we have a chance.
Q) If there was one thing you can have added to the new
version of APCFB, what would it be?
A) I agree with Pierce that there should be, as he said, more
risk/rewards when correctly/incorrectly calling plays.
Q) If there was one thing you could add or change about the
PAFL, what would it be?
A) I'd like to see my team be able to get better players while
giving up little to nothing in more of my trades......that being
said......there's really nothing that I would change. I believe
our commissioner is doing a great job making the PAFL an
extremely fun hobby for all of our members.
GAME OF THE WEEK by jeff beyel
This one has
tension written all over it. The winner has a great shot at
making the post-season while the loser will find themself in big time
trouble heading into week 16 unless some serious help comes along.
The Cardinals suffered a stunning loss last week when QB Aaron Rodgers
threw his 7th interception of the year (and 5th in last three games)
to open the door for a last second Pittsburgh game winning FG off the
foot of Graham Gano. At 7-7, Arizona is now 1 game behind the Green
Bay Packers and are tied with Atlanta and the big picture is not very
pretty. The Packers finish their season with Cleveland and
Indianapolis and are likely to end at no worse than 9-7. Meanwhile,
Atlanta ends their year with white hot Pittsburgh and then
Jacksonville and have a great shot at at least 8-8. 'Zona has this
game and then has to finish with a rugged game against Denver.
Obviously, the cards (no pun intended) are stacked against them.
The Titans,meanwhile, have to be
among the league's most frustrated franchises led by a coach is one
riverboat gambler. After beginning the season at 4-1, which included
a win over Cincinnati and a narrow week five loss to Los Angeles, the
Titans have stumbled to a 3-6 run. A questionable 4th down decision three
weeks ago vs Kansas City led to a 23-20 loss and that would be followed by
an equally questionable failed onsides kick last week against the Falcons
that opened the door for an Atlanta field goal. Now they find
themselves 1 game behind the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs for the
final playoff spot.
For much of their Paydirt
existence the Cards have been led by Rodgers. His subpar play is well
chronicled and he is on the edge of having a second straight season
where he will have completed less than 60% of his passes. Much of his
issues, though, can be traced to a weak receiving corps and the
absence of a true running game. Still, he can wipe out all the demons
should he be able to win these last two games and lead his Cardinals
to the playoffs for the first time in team history. The Arizona
secondary could prove to be the difference maker. CB Darrelle
Rivas and S Kurt Coleman match up well with the Titan receivers.
The next real issue for the Cardinals would be trying to stop the
league's top rusher, Adrian Peterson, from trampling them. AP has been
a steady runner all year long and has the ability to move the chains
and chew up clock. Arizona does have some stout defenders in the
middle of their line with DTs Damon Harrison and Dan Williams but the
defensive unit, as a whole, has not been stellar at stopping the run.
The loser of this one is going to
have to live with one very frustrating campaign while the victor could
very well find their team booking flights to some playoff city. Both clubs
have major flaws and some solid strengths and whichever team can get those
factors to go their way should win. The ability to power for positive
yardage even when keyed is a real Peterson asset. The truth is, though, if
Rodgers can find one way to just put it all together the Cards could win.
RUMOR MILLby the football geek (updated when I'm in the
13-1 - Are you kidding me? I've looked at this team and they are
good, but are they that good? This has "BOB" (spelled backwards
as ---Bob), whistling the ole Extenze theme song again with a
bounce in his step. But there's trouble brewing. Here come
the Rams and they go straight for the big boys. A handfull of
Viagra and a bottle of Scotch! Can we say 13-2?
Tony Romo bumped into RGIII earlier in the week. The resulting
injury caused both to be laid up in the hospital for 3 weeks
with broken bones. In other news, Len can finally stop holding
and hoping. It looks like PAFL free agency for Tony, then off to
do play by play with Jim Nantz. Hey Len, maybe Phil Sims will
un-retire and lead the Paydirt Cowboys to victory.
So, there it was - the only game on. The 3-7 49ers and the 9-1
New England Patriots. A match up better left to late night
binges, watched on VHS replay by a delusional, rabid fan while
eating a 12 inch spicy Italian sub stacked 8 inches high. The
only real danger is a bad case of indigestion and a lethal but
healthy shit in the morning. Imagine my shock when the game is
tied 21-21 in forth. That's when the panic attack happened. This
game could go to overtime? But wait. with four minutes left, the
49ers kicked a FG. Okay, I can go to bed now, upset in the bag.
Nope. The Patriots continued their Cinderella season by scoring
a TD with 2 minutes left. I was sweating though my clothes, but
at least I didn't throw up. I guess that's something.
Unfortunately, I hit the toilet seat about 2 seconds late the
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The PFL: Our Sister League
It is very likely that one of these usually playoff bound
teams will not make it this year.
Who will it be?
Game: Madden 2K8 Teams: 32
Coach Mode: Yes
Seasons: Over 30
Realism: Very good
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