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Dock

Touch-Fucking-Down!!!!!!

Holy, and quite frankly, moley! Look at this for a throw and a catch. Can't ever remember seeing anything like this before in T'NFL. Good work lads!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/american-football/30177776
Grind

It was quite special, although they still ended up losing.

* Catch it like Beckham. *

The game I went to yesterday (I've got season tickets, me) wasn't brilliant, but at least the right team prevailed and it wasn't freezing or raining.
Dock

Grind wrote:
It was quite special, although they still ended up losing.

* Catch it like Beckham. *

The game I went to yesterday (I've got season tickets, me) wasn't brilliant, but at least the right team prevailed and it wasn't freezing or raining.


Have you had any of that bad snow G-Man? And more importantly have you been sledging in it? Or should I say sleding (I know all the American lingo me)
Grind

Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
It was quite special, although they still ended up losing.

* Catch it like Beckham. *

The game I went to yesterday (I've got season tickets, me) wasn't brilliant, but at least the right team prevailed and it wasn't freezing or raining.


Have you had any of that bad snow G-Man? And more importantly have you been sledging in it? Or should I say sleding (I know all the American lingo me)


It's not made it to us yet, thankfully - just a minor dusting that melted almost immediately.

Last year it seemed as if we got a foot of the stuff delivered every Monday, which was no fun if you're trying to build a garage.

I think a foot of snow is equivalent to roughly an inch of rain, so I'm sure there's a double-whammy of a flood going on in parts of Buffalo at the moment with the rise in temperature.

I was trying (and failed) to have a sensible argument with someone here recently about why emissions should be controlled - I said that I wasn't convinced by localised warming or cooling (even if global warming does seem plausible), but you could pretty much guarantee that weirder weather events would definitely happen if you insist on chucking shit up into the atmosphere.

There's no educating pork.
Heyho

It should have gone to the video ref. he didn't ground it properly
Grind

The video refereeing seems to work okay (it would be a pain in the arse for proper footie though) - basically the call on the field is only overturned in the event of clear evidence to the contrary.

Looked a good catch to me.

On a separate note, I've already been tapped up for the post-season play-off tickets (which, to be fair, will probably come into play if the current form continues).

$670 total for a pair of (admittedly quite decent) seats to (provisionally) two games.

* It's not cheap here.
Late Doors

Pass looked a tad forward if you ask me, i know you would
Grind

I've often wondered why there isn't more rugby-style passing (it is allowed) as there are definitely situations where it would work and work well.

I can only assume it's because almost all of the plays are planned and practiced ad infinitum to the extent that most players on the pitch are so focused on their "job" that anything weird is never likely to be tried unless there's bugger-all time left.

Plus, they'd get a bollocking from their coach, prolly.
Grind

A bit like Leeds - we spend so much time devising new and improved tactical schemes to cough the ball up to the opposition that simply playing a ten yard ball to feet is totally out of the question.
bearing

I've made better catches than that.
fartcatcher

*Warning sweeping generalisation alert.*

I don't reckon yanks go to watch the football - just to eat for six hours.
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
*Warning sweeping generalisation alert.*

I don't reckon yanks go to watch the football - just to eat for six hours.


That could also be said about a lot of Leeds Rhinos fans.
Grind

There was a bit of argy-bargy in the seats in front of us at yesterday's game with the Miami Dolphins. Not with some of the interspersed Dolphins fans - who were surprisingly gobby, given they were obviously outnumbered (and their team was, eventually anyway, shown to be shite) - but between some Patriots fans. Weird.

I know it's not entirely unheard of at footie matches either (guilty as charged), but there are an awful lot of people who show up for these games almost too pissed up to know in which direction they should be looking.

Given that the face value of the tickets in the section I was in go for something like $135, it seems a bit bonkers.

* I'm getting old? *
Grind

I'm guessing there must be "rougher" places to go here as an away fan, but even I think Boston as a city has more than its fair share of surly, aggressive and unfriendly gobshites.

Ace!
Grind

A thoroughly grating accent too.
Grind

FFS - her Grindstressness is away again this weekend, so I have a spare for the AFC divisional game (effectively a q/f to the Super bowl) between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens this Saturday.

I'm guessing no-one on here is, errr, here?!
Late Doors

Dam, off to Bolton, otherwise.....
Grind

Late Doors wrote:
Dam, off to Bolton, otherwise.....


Fair enough - I think my "radio station" mate is going to tag along this time.

He's about six foot six, quite loud, played as a defensive linebacker for UMass (a better-than-decent college team) and is * cough * a declared New York Giants fan

This could end up being a bit like taking Roy Keane into the kop to watch Leeds play Chelsea.

* Regretting it already - any spares for the Reebok?!
Grind

Just got back from the AFC final demolition of Indianapolis.

I guess the question now is, given that I only missed one home game all season, should I make an attempt to get to the Superbowl?
Grind

Grind

Grind sees adopted lads win (effectively) SB LI s/f last night.



* Only happy chappy in a Leeds scarf this weekend? *

** Looks at SB ticket prices. Cries. **
Grind

And you can't take the piss out of my hair, Dock.
Grind

Why? Because I washed it this morning, that's why.
Dock

Grind Schmind. That's Danny Baker, FACT!
Grind

Dock wrote:
Grind Schmind. That's Danny Baker, FACT!


Makes a change from being accused of being "That bloke out of ABBA" or Mauricio Pochettino.

No-one likes Millwall either.......
Grind

Yet to see an "available" SB ticket for less than four figures.

* Sulks. *

** And stays home. **
Dock

Grind wrote:
Yet to see an "available" SB ticket for less than four figures.

* Sulks. *

** And stays home. **


I wouldn't pay three figures for a ticket for a sporting event. Never mind four!!!  A Cheltenham Festival day ticket is approx 70 odd quid so I suppose with regular increases I'll have to pay over 100 at some point in the future. But more than a grand? Fucking hell fire, it's not like it won't be on the telly G Man.

Pay me a monkey instead, and for that cost me and Dock Dog will recreate the tackles, fumbles, and QB throws and Skype it to you. Far better value I think you'll find.

*does eBay search for: NFL helmets for greyhounds*
Grind

NFL tickets aren't particularly cheap at the best of times.

I have been using a mate's season ticket here for the last four or five years and the face value for the AFC Championship game where I sit (decent enough seat - 27 rows up on the first level looking diagonally across from corner to the opposite end) was $180, which I guess is about GBP140 or so at the current exchange rate?

To put this into context, I paid GBP4k for a twenty year season ticket at ER in the kop maybe twenty rows up in line with one of the goalposts, which still has a few years to run.

* How many Superbowls have Leeds won though, eh? *
Grind

To park a mile from the ground cost $60 too....
Grind

This is the view $180 would have got you for the AFC Championship game.



They do have a bit of a game "category" policy in place (much like Leeds) - I'm not entirely sure how they decide on their pricing.

I did miss a couple of games (Miami Dolphins & Houston Texans) when I was in Australia and then another (LA Rams) where the real owner selfishly decided to actually go for once and took his family, but the games I went to (and face prices) were:-

New Orleans Saints (preseason) $71
Chicago Bears (preseason) $71
Buffalo Bills (Home Game 3) $139
Cincinnati Bengals (Home Game 4) $162
Seattle Seahawks (Home Game 5) $189
Baltimore Ravens (Home Game 7) $139
NY Jets (Home Game 8) $139
Houston Texans (Divisional Play-off) $140
Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC Championship) $180

I'm scratching my head as to why the relatively meaningless Seahawks game could possibly be more than the AFC Championship final.

Especially as we lost.
Grind

I can sort of understand why their football is so expensive (there are only 8 guaranteed "real" home games), but the prices to the baseball are broadly similar, and those feckers have a bazillion fixtures.

I'm sure there are people who go to all of the Red Sox home games, but they must be trust fund managers.
Late Doors

Saw some highlights of the Steelers game last night. Looked ace to be there. Those prices would send me to the pub telly though
sheeps

Late Doors wrote:
Saw some highlights of the Steelers game last night. Looked ace to be there. Those prices would send me to the pub telly though



You can also have them in your own home.
Late Doors

I never thought of that
Grind

You might need a larger sofa though.

Some of those lads are big units.
Grind

Never doubted it.

* Aims fire extinguisher at pants. *
Grind

In all honesty, as well as the Patriots played at the end, the Falcons were idiots to throw the ball as much as they did when they could've basically run the clock out and still won by double figures.

Strange.

It will obviously go down as a great comeback win, but I saw it as tactical incompetence.

Not that I'm complaining, like.
Grind

This probably only makes sense if you live here, but what the hell....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwYy1IQQi4Q
Late Doors

Indeed, that made no sense to me whatsoever but it seemed funny. Tried to stay up for it but didn't have the staying power. Fell asleep during the second quarter. Jeez they stretch it out don't they. Still a great game though. Haven't got a fave team like I have in Baseball . Prolly 'cos I've never seen a live game. The Patriots seem a bit, well y'know, kinda Manu ish *dodges cross Atlantic right hook*
carp

Dock wrote:
Grind Schmind. That's Danny Baker, FACT!


John Torode?
Grind

You have a totally valid point about the Manu thing, although in some ways it could be argued that the Pats are the old Fergie-era Manu on steroids because of the existence of the (supposedly levelling) salary cap - intended so that any team can supposedly win on any given Sunday. The patriots won 17 games and lost 2 this season - and even those two were comparatively meaningless other than the fact I was at both of the feckers!

The combination of the media-churlish and tactically ruthless head coach (Belichick) and metronomically efficient pretty boy QB (Brady) has to understandably completely annoy the fans of every other team.

I went to my first game here in 1998, so I did see the Crap Pats before this current juggernaut, but the team has been largely built around Brady, with a revolving supporting cast of fundamentally good players trained up to play like superstars.

American football is obviously still a team sport (in the form of three or more subset teams), but one where very few players feature on more than one of offense (sic), defense (sic) and the other less used, but often difference-making, formations that include punt return, kick-off and extra point crews.

That said, the quarterback logically dominates proceedings, especially so if those around him have been drilled to a fraction of a second in terms of where they should be and what they should be doing.

Belichick has the knack of spotting players with promise that might have been otherwise unsuccessful at other teams to "do a job" and turning them into well-oiled machines.

It's particularly telling that it is quite rare for these same players to do particularly well once they move on to other teams because of the lure of extra salary. Their effectiveness is down to their co-ordination with the rest of the players in their unit.

If I were to make a lame footballing analogy. Belichick manages to get his teams to play a bit like that Arsenal invincible team from the early days of the Premier League - where the defence was a solid unit that could be relied upon to keep mostly clean sheets, but there would always be at least one goal at the other end.
Grind

So, in summary, detestable.
Late Doors

On the contrary, im warming to them after that, ace, thanks for the insight.
This made me chuckle though

" The patriots won 17 games and lost 2 this season - and even those two were comparatively meaningless other than the fact I was at both of the feckers!"

Thats the Leeds Utd scarfe effect that is.

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