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Beating the odds looked impossibe!

by Angeline Booher / December 31, 2006 11:01 PM PST

For the TN Titans to make the playoffs, the Steelers, the Chiefs and the the 49ers hadd to win yesterday. What would be the odds of all of that happening?

But that's exactly what happened.

But there was one more piece of the puzzle. The Titans had to also win yesterday. But the Patriots beat them.

We started out so badly that even considering making the playoffs was ridiculous, though.

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Tears in our beers!
by Cindi Haynes / January 1, 2007 5:18 AM PST

Hi Angeline!

The odds for my Packers looked like this:

Among the several scenarios that could put the Packers in the playoffs, the most likely involve the New York Giants losing to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 30 and the Packers beating the Bears the next night, plus ONE of the following three pieces of help:

A St. Louis Rams loss to the Minnesota Vikings;
A Carolina Panthers victory over the New Orleans Saints; OR
An Atlanta Falcons victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

It is still possible for the Packers to qualify for the playoffs if the Giants beat the Redskins, but it would be mathematically unlikely for Green Bay to win the "strength of victory" tiebreaker over New York in that scenario.
- from Packers.com

So of course, the Redskins lost. GRRR.

Well, we CREAMED the Bears! Happy So, while it ends our season, it was a good win for our new team, and leaves us 8-8 when we started out 1-4! Only Brett Favre knows if it was his last game, but it's looking that way.


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I saw most of that game last night.
by Angeline Booher / January 1, 2007 5:29 AM PST
In reply to: Tears in our beers!

Frankly, he doesn't look old enough to retire. And his passing was sharp!

But maybe he wants to retire at the top of his game. (I don't know if the Packers are facing the salary cap bit that could cost them some good receivers, linemen, or backs.)

Sniff! Happy

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by James Denison / January 1, 2007 5:39 AM PST

When you see the quarterback carrying a soccer ball onto the field, you know
things are probably going to go badly.

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He's been QB for the Packers for 15 seasons!
by Cindi Haynes / January 1, 2007 7:19 AM PST

And at 37 years old, he is getting to be an old man for this game! He looks younger in person though. And taller. Happy

Last season was not a good one for him, and he struggled with the decision on whether to return this year. I'm glad he did, he did a great job. I think as long as it's still fun for him, he should come back!

Actually, my favorite player is William Henderson, their fullback. He's been there 12 seasons...nearly as long as Favre has!


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Slightly off topic
by Dragon / January 1, 2007 12:59 PM PST

Texas Tech came back from a 31 point deficit at halftime to beat Minnesota by three points, an NCAA record.

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by Angeline Booher / January 1, 2007 11:50 PM PST
In reply to: Slightly off topic

That is the one game I didn't get to see. Wish I had. Locally it was carried on a channel not in my package.

As they say, its not over 'til its over.

I saw a game last night where it looked like the team that was ahead thought they had it in the bag being 8 points up. They had the opponent 4th and 18. They scored and went for 2, and got it to tie, Beat them in overtime.

Texas Tech sure pulled off a "miracle". My hat's off to them!!!!

Will they lose many to graduation?

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Texas Tech ...
by Dragon / January 2, 2007 12:02 PM PST
In reply to: Wow!

I went to the site, but not long enough to check the roster for seniors and so forth. BUT, I did see that the entire game could be watched:


I use to watch their games, mostly when I lived in Lubbock. They have a really flashy offense at times...lots of passing and so forth. And, Coach Leach has an unusual sense of humor, according to my sister, who lives down there. I asked her go to give me an example. She said (and I'm sorry to have to paraphrase...) that during an interview with the opposing coach, he might be asked the usual question, "What do you think about Coach Leach?" He'll give the usual reply like, "He is someone you have to respect as good coach...He knows the game and knows how to really inspire his team, (etc etc). Coach Leach might be asked the same question. Leach: "Well, I think he is a really snappy dresser. He'd be the go to guy if I ever need any advice..."

I wish I could've given you a better blow by blow account, but maybe you get the idea. Happy

BTW, I don't know if you can call it a miricle comeback or not. They just don't know when to quit, sometimes... Happy

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Look out for NE in the playoffs, Angeline!
by Paul C / January 1, 2007 6:51 PM PST

Now that Tom Brady at last knows who his wide receivers are this year...;-)

Oh...and now that you don't need them, could the Colts borrow the Titans' defensive line and linebackers?

Number 3 seed my backside; Indy would have lost Sunday had not Miami had not been so inept in the red zone (5 field goals, 1 TD.) Folks here were happy that Indy *only* gave up 158 years rushing to the Dolphins. Well, it WAS an improvement over the second Jacksonville game...:-( (375 yards rushing for J'ville???)

Peyton Manning now thinks that he has to throw for 500 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Colts to have a chance - and he's not yelling at the offense when he's on the sidelines. Can you say, "angry and frustrated?"

Now comes Kansas City and the league's No. 2 runner, Larry Johnson. Looks like one and done again. I know this: Bill Polian is a good front office man. If he doesn't spend EVERY draft pick this year on the defense, he ought to be fired. Right now, the Colts are the second coming of the Chargers circa 1985; all offense. just like those Chargers, they cannot win in January without being able to occasionally stop the other team.

As for Tennessee, I think things are looking up. The pieces are falling into place nicely; I only hope that Jeff Fisher will be around to reap the rewards when it all comes together.

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I'll speak to Jeff...
by Angeline Booher / January 1, 2007 11:34 PM PST

... about the loan. Happy They are exciting young defensemen.

IMO, what happened to the Colts this year was being plagued with injuries.

Like you said, their defense has not performed to the level of the offense, but they still are winners.

Peyton is a world-class leader. Same as he was at UT. Thus he has been able to get the best out of his offense.

Vince Young is starting to show leadership skills. While I'm at it, I'll mention that Pack-Man did little during the earlier games. Resting on his bonus, I reckon. I don't know if this made a difference, but a retired Titan on his radio show blasted him.

How soon do you guys face the salary cap bit? It broke my heart to see some of our guys go when it happened to us, followed by a losing season.

Right now I have no opinion on who will win the Super Bowl. Maybe the team that stays healthiest.

Saw some fine players while watching the college bowl games. And one coach stood out- the one for Boise.

Our owner won't comment on coaching contracts until after the season. I see no earthly reason why Jeff won't get a very nice one. he has proven his skill at building a winning team.

I'll be cheering for the Colts, Paul. !!!

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