It is 21-6 Ravens; I am surprised that the Ravens have moved the ball so easily. But the 49′ers were down 17-0 in their previous game and came back, on the road.
(photos from yahoo NFL)
I was surprised that the Ravens went with the fake field goal on 4′th and 9, but they did stop the 49′ers and set up a touchdown bomb.
Advanced NFL stats give the Ravens a 91 percent probability of winning the game.
Trivia: see those old NFL guys at the coin toss? Curley Culp played on the Chiefs 1970 Super Bowl champion team (1969 season) and was the NCAA heavyweight champion wrestler at Arizona State. He was still in college when the Chiefs played the Packers in the first Super Bowl.
David Robinson was a linebacker with the Green Bay 1967 and 1968 Super Bowl Champions (the first two Super Bowls ever)
Commercials I wonder if the animal rights groups will be up in arms over this:
The second half started this way:
The finish: after the power went out, the 49′ers rallied and cut it to 31-29; it ended 34-31. Wow.
No, I am not kidding:
God on the Field
Americans are less likely to believe that God plays a role in the outcome of sporting events than they are to believe God rewards religious athletes. While only about 3-in-10 (27%) Americans, believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, a majority (53%) believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, compared to 42% who disagree. There are substantial differences by religious affiliation on all of these questions.
Yes, this is a cluster of GALAXIES. Billions of galaxies….
All this and this to manage, and HE still cares about American football……oooooookkkkkkkkaaaaaayyyyyyy
Workout notes 5 walking miles on the treadmill in 1:04. That’s it; enough to losen up from yesterday.
My question: I’ll answer the question this way: on average, about 6 rookies make an NFL roster, though in 2012 we saw the Browns take 16 and the Rams 14. That is a heck of a lot of “non-rookies”, and how would a team of “all rookies” do?
I’ve also heard a college team being praised by “they have X future NFL starters in their line up.” Well, every NFL team has 22 starters in their line up.
So please, just stop it. We can appreciate good college play without ridiculous comparisons to the NFL.
Note: you might enjoy this article about what life is like for many players who end up earning an NFL paycheck….hint: most are NOT stars and many start like this. This appeared in the New York Times on November 21, 2012.
Workout notes: hotel treadmill. I ran for 30 minutes (3.2 miles; first mile in 10:15, second in 9:45, last 1.2 in 10 minutes) then did a 9:22 extra mile. That was a modest workout, but better than zero.
Trip: we went mostly for the St. Louis Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings game; the Vikings won 36-22 behind strong running (212 yards rushing by Adrain Peterson, who had huge holes to run through), strong kicking (5 field goals, including 3 from 50 or more yards) and a defense that slowed the Rams while the game was competitive. Though the Rams ended up with 432 total yards, most of those came in the second half when the Vikings had built a 33-7 lead; it was 30-7 at the half. Sam Bradford (the Rams quarterback) was sacked 4 times and was mercilessly harassed many more times.
After the Rams first drive stalled, the Vikings drove the ball, mostly on passing and scrambles by their quarterback Christian Ponder. The Rams seemed determined to stop the run.
Eventually, the Rams put together a drive of their own and tied it at 7 after a spectacular catch in the end zone (right in front of us). So it seemed the Rams had momentum. Then the Vikings broke an 82 yard touchdown run to make it 14-7. After the kickoff, the Rams fumbled the ball on an “under center” snap; the Vikings got it and kicked a field goal. 17-7. Then the Vikings intercepted and ran it in; 24-7 and the rout was on.
Another drive lead to a field goal (27-7) but then a last 2 minute drive by the Rams stalled with 1 minute to go; they missed a 57 yard field goal. But that put the Vikings close enough to mount a drive of their own, which ended in a field goal; that made it 30-7 at the half.
The stadium was a bit shell shocked. Any momentum was immediately dashed by another field goal which put the Vikings up 33-7, but then the Rams put together a couple of 4′th quarter drives against a Viking defense that was playing to protect against the long pass; this (with a 2 point conversion) pulled the Rams to 33-22 and the Rams fans still left in the stadium came alive.
That ended quickly as Peterson broke through a huge hole opened by the offensive line for 52 yards; that set up a field goal at a 36-22 lead with 4 minutes to go. The Rams mounted a drive which stalled…and quenched the slim hopes they had for a comeback.
Well, I went to my first Rams game 3 years ago; they lost to the Saints. I then went to three of them 2 years ago (one preseason) and they lost to the Vikings (preseason), Falcons and Chiefs. Then last season, I saw them lose to the Bengals, Cardinals and 49′ers.
Finally, I saw them win!
The Rams beat the 49′ers 16-13 in overtime with a 54 yard field goal that came with 30 seconds to go in overtime. Ironically, the first meeting ended in a tie; in that game the Rams outplayed the 49′ers only to kill themselves with key penalties that wiped out potential game winning plays.
In this game, the 49′ers won the scrimmage line for most of the game, but killed themselves with key mistakes down the stretch.
The 49′ers had a nice drive to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter; the teams didn’t do that much the rest of the half. The Rams missed a long field goal late in the 2′nd quarter; otherwise it was a defensive struggle.
In the third quarter the Rams finally got the ball to 4′th an 1 from the 5. I agreed with the call to go for it, but instead of a Jackson run up the middle, they tried a pass into the endzone and into double coverage. Hence the 49′ers took over on downs.
But the Rams defense held and on third down, they cased the 49′er quarterback into the end zone and forced him to intentionally ground the ball. Safety Rams!
But the Rams couldn’t move the ball and had to punt.
Then on the ensuing drive it appeared that the Rams had stopped the 49′ers on 3′rd down, but there was a “roughing the passer” call on the Rams that I still don’t understand; it appeared to me that NO ONE touched the quarterback, much less hit him! I’ll have to search out that call. So, this lead to a 49′er drive and field goal and a 10-2 lead.
The Rams couldn’t do much with the ball and had to punt it away with just over 4 minutes left in the game. But the punt was a good one and it pinned the 49′ers at their own 5.
The defense stiffened and stuffed two runs. On third down the 49′ers tried an option pitch out to the left side; the pitchout was botched and recovered by the Rams and run into the end zone! Then the Rams hit a pass for the 2 point conversion. 10-10!
But on the next drive, the 49′er quarterback ran the ball 50 yards to set up a go-ahead field goal with 1:3x left in the game; it was 13-10 49′ers.
But then the Rams put together their second real drive of the game. Thanks to some nifty scrambling by the quarterback and a boneheaded late hit on the quarterback (after the quarterback went into his slide) they got close enough for a 53 yard field goal attempt which cleared withno time left on the clock.
In overtime, the Rams got the ball first and the teams exchanged punts. The second possession saw the Rams get stopped again; this time the punt was shanked and the 49′ers got the ball at the 50. The 49′ers drove it 17 yards, but BARELY missed a 50 yard field goal. It looked good from where I was (behind and to the left of the goal post) but replay showed it was just a few inches wide.
The Rams responded with a 22 yard drive of their own which, through careful time management, saw them reach 4′th and 1 with 55 seconds to go. San Francisco had no time outs left so the Rams let the clock tick down to 30 seconds and called time out.
That way, if the field goal missed, the 49′ers would have little time and no time outs.
Not a problem; they nailed the 54 yard field goal for the win!
(photos: Yahoo NFL)
My wife and I high 5′ved the fans around us.
It was fun and the Dome was LOUD.
Last “morning swim” session of the semester; I got in 2650 yards (500 of fist/free, 500 of 3g/free, 1500 in 28:0x, 3 x (25 fly, 25 back)) It was fun if uninspiring; I teased Anne a bit (the “watch on my ankle triathlete) and I got to see Ms. Purple Suit for the first time. The usual suspects were there.
Then I walked a hilly 4 mile course. In terms of running and walking: this is my favorite time of the year. Temperatures are high 40′s to low 50′s in the morning and things are greener than all get out. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
Killer Frogs in danger:
The frog in question, more commonly known as the golden poison frog, has earned his Latin name. According to a press release from the American Bird Conservancy, one of the wildlife groups, the frog’s bright orange skin is covered by a secretion of deadly alkaloid poison. The poison prevents the transmission of nerve impulses, it said, meaning that the muscles of any animal that comes into contact with it stay contracted, the heart included. “Death comes within minutes,” the conservancy said.
But despite what might seem a ferociously effective adaptation that would guarantee survival, the frogs are disappearing from their native range in the mountainous forest on the Pacific coast of Colombia. “That is only one forest where it is known,” Gavin Shire of the conservancy said.
“What happens in a lot of this upland forest habitat is that you get the creation of an island effect,” Mr. Shire said. Like those on real islands at sea, the scattered habitats for creatures like the golden poison frog are highly sensitive to changes.
In short, killer humans are destroying where this frog lives. We remain the deadliest animal. Note: the frog’s poison comes from its diet of insects; in captivity it loses most (if not all) of its capacity to kill.
Besides, animals shouldn’t pick on these cute little froggies!
NFL players: longevity after football:
A records-based study of retired players conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concludes that they have a much lower death rate than men in the general population, contrasting the notion that football players don’t live as long.
The findings, emailed Tuesday to about 3,200 former players who retired before 1993, came less than a week after former linebacker Junior Seau’s suicide death at 43, and renewed concerns for the long-term health of players.
“That’s surprising to me because of the blows we took when we played,” said former Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson, 65. “You’d think football players didn’t live as long as the average person.”
Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure, 61, said he’s not convinced. “I think it’s bogus. Just think of the guys who have died before they got into their 60s or 70s. Don’t tell me we live longer. I don’t believe it.”
Of the 3,439 former players in the study, 334 were deceased. Based on estimates from the general population, NIOSH anticipated 625 deaths. The results, completed this year, came from further research after a study requested by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) was completed in 1994.
There is more in the article (the heavier players have an increased risk for heart disease).
But I have questions about this study (and I have NOT read it):
1. Does the study account for the fact that the NFL is NOT dangerous in terms of workplace deaths? Yes, it is violent and orthopedic injuries are a sure thing. But there aren’t going to be the “fall from great heights” type deaths, for example.
2. Does the study take into account that, from the very start, only the strongest, healthiest and most athletic become NFL players to begin with? Here is what I mean: a general population will include those born with handicaps, chronic diseases etc. And those who develop chronic diseases in their youth don’t become football players. So an honest comparison would compare NFL players with males that start off their college years in robust health.
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