Max Kellerman of ESPN provoked The Football Gods in a manner I haven’t seen since the smiting they put on the Philadelphia Eagles of 2011. The prideful man declared the Thursday Night game between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams “the best game of year”. Hyperbole, perhaps; an understandable mistake, but we’re all human. In his defense, Kellerman was dead-on-balls accurate about the 49ers-Rams being the most entertaining competition of the season. At the time.
Then, The Football Gods stepped in. This may have been the most captivating week of football I can remember in my entire life. By the time I got both of my feet securely on the hickory floorboards, the Jaguars had embarrassed the memory of the former Ravens’ defenses. Securely. The Browns made a spirited comeback attempt. The Giants and Eagles went to the wire. The 0-2 Saints went medieval on a 2-0 Panthers team that exemplified regression to the mean on both offense and defense for both squads. The Bears did it. The J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS even did it. The Texans did a whole lot of something right (especially Bruce Ellington giving the end zone The Peoples’ Elbow) against the Patriots, but Brandin Cooks (note: this author has stake in Cooks succeeding) finally decided to make a difference. The Titans put the NFL on notice that formerly generic teams can put the hurting on the shell of what was the Seahawks years ago.
So, we come to the big one. Esteemed NFL referees had irreversibly affected the outcome of a game three days earlier, and managed to saunter in on Sunday and ruin a game in the worst fashion since the Fail Mary. The Lions had 8 seconds, a time out, and the ball inches from the goal line.
For whatever reason, The Football Gods decided to make Kellerman a liar and provide us with the best weekend of football in years. Except for the Lions, they got jobbed.
On to the good stuff-
A proverbial mic dropped on the 49ers DLine | Branch, SF Gate
[Slideshow] “5 49ers off to promising starts” (Number 5 will underwhelm you!) | Biderman, Ninerswire
Andrew Luck could return for 49ers week | Biderman, Ninerswire
1-2 Seahawks leave 2-1 Rams as Division Leader | Biderman, Ninerswire
Other Slideshow | Biderman, Ninerswire
Thus Spoke Florio: That OPI was poppycock | Florio, PFT
49ers VP of Player Personnel in attendance for UCLA/Stanford | Bonilla, 49ers Webzone
Post thought: I’ve always taken exception to those who pronounce “Milk” as “melk”, “Pillow” as “pellow”, and “Clothes” as “clodes”. However, I take an even greater amount of exception to, but with like none of the superiority, to people who pronounce “schedule” as “Shed-jule”. That’s rad and I know it, and it makes me mad that I’m not that worldly.