Archive for January, 2008

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Holy Motherboard Batman!

January 30, 2008

Miss me fellow football fiends?

It seems a cruel twist of fate that football season AND my beloved laptop should both meet such uncermonious ends at the same time, eh?

I fried my motherboard and the team at Best Buy is fixing it. Thank God for warranties.

My Superbowl Pick? The Pats. I hope to find some computer time before Sunday to tell you why.

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Guest Spot, reporting from Patriot’s Nation

January 30, 2008

Greetings Football Fans and devoted followers of the Gridiron Goddess!   

My name is Jimi_Thing, a close friend of our hostess.  GG’s laptop suffered a devastating late hit (resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, complete with loss of down) that is keeping her from suiting up for the expected high-quality pre-Super Bowl analysis we all would have come to expect this week.  Send good karma to her lap top! So … GG asked me to drop in to provide a little air cover. 

Full disclosure here sports fans – I am NOT an objective, impartial football analyst.  I am a full-fledged, dyed-in-the-wool, jersey-wearing Patriot fanatic.  Have been for over 30 years.  I know that many of you out there hate us, and for that I’m sorry.  GG also plans to invite a Giants fan or two to return the favor, so expect ‘equal time.’  For now, here is today’s helping of Patriot adulation. 

The Ten Things I love Most about the Pats (not necessarily in order!): 

10) The Patriots Defense – the ‘Bend but don’t Break’ boys are aging but still strong, smart and tough.  You’d be amazed at the number of jerseys you see around town with the names Harrison, Bruschi and Vrabel.  Count on it – Rodney and Assante will find a way to pick off at least 2 Eli passes, and the pass rush will force at least one fumble.  Junior Seau will be a man possessed.

9) The Patriots Offensive Line – honestly … have you ever seen a QB get the time to pass that Brady enjoys?  Light, Koppen and company are singularly focused on protecting their man.  (I know this is an area of strength for the Giants, so this will be the proverbial ‘battle-within-the-battle’!)

8  ) The Patriots Receivers – we should rename them with one long hyphenated name:  Moss-Welker-Gaffney-Stallworth-Watson.  Brady wanted some quality receivers – he got his wish.  Moss is as dangerous when he attracts double coverage and DOESN’T get the call as when he makes those ridiculous catches.  

7) The Patriots new found running game – Lawrence Maroney has emerged as a defense buster, and Kevin Faulk is the best third-down guy in the league.

6) The Patriots Game-planning – is there any doubt that the Pats will be ready with several schemes to address the shortcomings of Game 16 and exploit some little-noticed Giant weakness?

5) The Patriots ownership – Mr. and Mrs. Kraft are what I’d like to think we’d all be if we had tons of money.  They are wonderful people.

4) The Patriots Coach – If you’re looking for a party date, you may want to look elsewhere.  But if you want to coach an NFL football team, who would you take over Coach Hoodie?  How many teams come looking to hire his assistants as Head Coaches, and yet somehow he keeps grooming new winners.

3) The Patriots Quarterback – What can you say that hasn’t already been said?  Brady is a first-ballot Hall of Famer who just had the year of his career.  When you die, don’t you want to come back as Tom Brady?

2) The Patriots Spirit and Ethos – Team First.  Ask Adalius Thomas what he learned when he came here from the Ravens.  In Baltimore, everyone wanted the limelight, including the Coach.  Here?  Not so much.

1) That a sports franchise can make a population of people feel so blessed.  These are truly the best of times in Boston Sports. Happy Watching all, and Go Pats!
 

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Maintenance Alert

January 24, 2008

Greetings, readers.  I am delurking for a second to let you know that the Goddess’ laptop is in for unscheduled maintenance.   She will return as soon as possible..

Regards,
mG

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Norm Nonsense

January 23, 2008

Football Fiends,

What confuses me is,  Norm Chow was approached about the Head Coach position at UCLA before Neuheisel was and he declined. Sure I know he was still employed with the Titans at that point, but now instead of head coach he is a collegiate offensive coordinator, AGAIN?

I say it again, why Norm why?

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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I could not have said it better!

January 22, 2008

Props to my friends at Trojan Wire for Chicken Chow-Lame!

Let the hate (by the Trojan Nation/Mafia) commence!

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Chow to UCLA: Say it ain’t so Norm!

January 21, 2008

Reports this morning are that former USC and Tennessee Titans offensive guru Norm Chow is defecting to the Evil Empire known as UCLA.

Seriously Norm, why? Did Jack Del Rio, himself a USC Alum, offend you that much?

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!

January 20, 2008

Are you ready for the AFC and NFC Championship games my fellow football fiends?!

It is cold and windy in New England. Phillip Rivers has ACL and MCL issues. LT is a force to be reckoned with but the force that CAN reckon with him is the New England Defense.

It is -12 with the wind chill in Green Bay. And Elisha is a fumbling-interception throwing machine in the frigid cold.

Well I’ll let you all get back to your nacho making and beer runs before the game starts!!!!

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Your SuperBowl teams ARE…

January 18, 2008

hey Football Fiends!

I am in Las Vegas right now hangin’ with my cousin and visiting other friends and family!

I can’t BELIEVE the football season is winding down. I am making plans for off-season coverage of football, some baseball, Pac-10 Basketball and the Olympics. If you have suggestions on things you’d like to see here between February and August, feel free to submit them.

In the meantime here are your picks for this weekend’s games:

NFC Champions: Green Bay Packers. Sure the Giants have peaked at exactly the right time and all that, but Brett Favre and his gang look like the team of destiny. And the game is at Lambeau. Where temps are expected to be 0 and below. Brrrrrrr.

AFC Champions: New England Patriots, who else? Sure, I am a Chargers fan, but I am not stupid. Who I WANT to win and who I THINK will win are not always the same team. And I’ve gotta go with who I think will win.

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Chow time!

January 15, 2008

The Tennessee Titans fired offensive coordinator Norm Chow today after his third season with the franchise. You know the one where they made it to 10-6 and the Wild Card round of the playoffs — the furthest the Titans have made it since 2003, by the way. It makes so much sense to blame the offensive mastermind that is The Chow rather than QB Vince Young and his 17 interceptions to 9 touchdown ratio.

Now we all know I am biased towards The Chow and the National Championships he brought to my USC Trojans. And we know I am slightly biased against the Wonderlic challenged VY and the loss he brought to my Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl. But this firing does not make a whole hell of a lot of sense people.

Norm Chow has made no secret of his desire to be a Head Coach. Hey Atlanta? Hey Washington? Give Mr. Chow a call. For references call Pete Carroll, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and the rest of the Trojan Nation.

Or you know, he could always rejoin the Trojan coaching staff. That wouldn’t be hard to handle at all. 😉

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Gridiron Goddess facebook fan page!

January 11, 2008

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-Your Gridiron Goddess