Open Thread: AFC Championship Game


Wow, that NFC Title game was something else, huh? Congrats to the Arizona Cardinals on finally clinching the first Super Bowl berth in franchise history.

The Ravens last played in the AFC Title Game way back in 2001, when they were on their way to winning the first World Title the city of Baltimore has seen since the Colts won Super Bowl V way back in 1971. The boys from Steeltown are playing in their third AFC Title game in the last five years, but in the end that doesn’t really mean much of anything.

This should be a great, an old school smashmouth kind of game. It looks like Mother Nature won’t interfere much after dumping snow on the Three Rivers area all night. Enjoy the game.

  • Al

    Let me be the first to say THANK GOD THE EAGLES LOST. Thanks.

    • DP

      And let me be the second: THANK FUCKING GOD THE EAGLES LOST.

      • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

        Its all McNabb’s fault!

    • http://26ncounting.blogspot.com VO

      I’ll third that

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    For sure. The look on McNabb’s face was priceless. I’m still not over that phone bs from last weekend. No class.

  • Mike Z

    May I be the third ? ” Thank The Lord from up above that the Eagles lost”

    • Nickel

      Praise be to Mo!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Y’know, half the time I forget that Arizona even has a football team…

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      You shouldn’t. Two future Hall of Fame inductees in Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald? This team is legit.

      • Steve H

        Edge is borderline as well.

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          That will be an interesting case. You see, Emmitt Smith is overrated because he clearly had one of the top offensive lines in NFL history, but people never really saw him behind an average-or-less OL during his prime. However, people have seen what Edgerrin James looks like behind a less-than-stellar OL, I wonder how much that will affect their perception of him.

          • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

            How is Emmitt Smith overrated? No one has said he was better Walter Payton, Jim Brown, or Eric Dickerson. Is LaDainian Tomlinson overrated? Nope.

            • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

              And put Barry Sanders in that mix.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Do you know how many ESPN fuck-tards were saying Emmitt Smith is “arguably the greatest NFL rusher” after he broke the all-time record for rushing yards? If Barry Sanders had his OL… OMFG.

              • http://asportsaddictneedsdivineintervention.blogspot.com/ E-ROC

                Yeah, mainstream media tend to do that kind of stuff, specifically ESPN.

              • Steve H

                Or if Barry Sanders didn’t retire coming off a 1500 (1491) yard season, he’d have the record despite the poor OL.

                • Jacob

                  If Terrell Davis hadn’t torn up his knee chasing a Brian Griese interception against the Raiders he would also be in this conversation.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Fitzgerald is pretty awesome. But I can’t forgive Warner for beating the Titans that one year…

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Uh, Jim Callis? This is his list of the top-10 NL prospects: http://www.baseballamerica.com.....67429.html

    1. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pirates
    Spring injury, summer holdout overshadow his devastating hitting ability.
    2. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Giants
    Showed much more polish than expected in first full season, led minors with 1.46 ERA.
    3. Colby Rasmus, of, Cardinals
    The best player developed by St. Louis since Albert Pujols is ready for the majors at 22.
    4. Buster Posey, c, Giants
    Has the tools to become the NL’s version of Joe Mauer.
    5. Tommy Hanson, rhp, Braves
    Displayed four plus pitches at times while blowing away Arizona Fall League hitters.
    6. Logan Morrison, 1b, Marlins
    The best hitter in the minors who hasn’t received the hype he deserves.
    7. Jason Heyward, of, Braves
    It’s still unfathomable how he lasted 14 picks in the 2007 draft.
    8. Dexter Fowler, of, Rockies
    Colorado has done a fine job of developing the once-raw Fowler.
    9. Cameron Maybin, of, Marlins
    Strikeouts are still a concern, but there’s a lot of Andre Dawson in him.
    10. Mike Stanton, of, Marlins
    Hit 39 homers in first full season after turning down a shot to play two sports at USC.

    Jason Heyward not in the top five? Cameron Maybin behind Logan Morrison? Mike Stanton in the top ten over Andrew McCutchen? Madison Bumgarner as number two – and ahead of Tommy Hanson? Wow, this is a very, very odd list.

    • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=43434432275 Ace

      I really hope Pedro Alvarez makes some kind of impact for the Bucs. I hate seeing teams repeatedly fail and to waste that gorgeous ball park is a God damned sin.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      This is where I go *head, meet desk*

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      My school is semi-near the Giants AA team. I hope I can see a few games.

      • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

        CT SON!!! I used to go see them ocassionally when they were the Yanks’ affiliate. I’m closer to the Twins’ AA though, worked there in ’07 and saw Joba and IPK.

        • Mike Pop

          Bitches, I saw Longoria play his 5 games for the Renegades!!

    • Ivan

      Well who are you gonna take out of the top 5 and replace with Heyward? That ain’t gonna be easy.

      Maybin not rated over Logan isn’t that surprising, but then again if your gonna put A-Jax over Montero, you might as well put Maybin over Logan since the situation is quite similar.

      Stanton is hard for the simple fact that he hit almost 40 homers and it’s quite hard to leave a guy like that off the list. Nevertheless, I don’t even think Stanton was the best prospect on his own team when you compare him to Matt Domiguez.

      • Mike Pop

        I’ll put Larry Fitz in there instead. After all he did have 3 TD’s and torched the Iggles today.

        J/k, tough loss, feel the pain..yada yada

        • Ivan

          Thank you, thank you.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        The only top-five list Tommy Hanson should appear on is the Braves’. He has no business being rated as the fifth best prospect in the National League; that just tells me that people are salivating over his Arizona Fall League showcase. I don’t like Pedro Alvarez being rated as number one, but I won’t lambaste Callis over including him in the top five.

        I don’t think the ranking of Austin Jackson over Jesus Montero is similar at all to the ranking of Cameron Maybin over Logan Morrison; Montero is currently a catcher; at 20-years-old, Morrison has already been regulated to first base duties.

        How can he justify ranking Madison Bumgarner number two, yet not even ranking Tim Alderson in the top ten? That boggles the mind. Look at the numbers Alderson put up in the hitter’s paradise that is the California League.

        The Mike Stanton pick just angers me. How the hell does he make that list over Andrew McCutchen and Alderson? Hell, I’d take Jhouyls Chacin and Jarrod Parker before Stanton, at this point.

        Just for fun, here’s my list:

        1. Jason Heyward
        2. Colby Rasmus
        3. Cameron Maybin
        4. Buster Posey
        5. Tim Alderson
        6. Pedro Alvarez
        7. Madison Bumgarner
        8. Andrew McCutchen
        9. Dexter Fowler
        10. Brett Wallace (look, all he has to do is be serviceable at third base through his prime years; if he can do that, fuckin’ aye…)

        • Ivan

          Montero is technically is 19 going on 20 years old. Plus, Montero might be a 1st baseman too. Nevertheless, I might have to rank Maybin over Morrison. I agree with that.

          Well I think you can make the arguement for Hansen in the top 5 albeit he’s probably not cracking top 4 but for the 5th spot sure. Besides, most people have Hansen ranked over Heyward anyway. Hard to put Heyward in the 5 when he’s not even the best prosect arguebably in his own organization.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            I think anybody who doesn’t have Jason Heyward in the top seven of all of baseball’s prospects is fooling themselves – let alone as the number-one spot in the Braves’ system.

            Tommy Hanson is overrated. The love he is getting after his AzFL showcase is unwarranted; people should know better than to no put so much stock into those numbers. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the kid, but he his not a top-10 prospect unless you are ranking the Braves’ system.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              I think Hanson’s legit. Forget the AzFL, you can throw that right out the window. Reports had him working with four plus pitches and solid command this year. That’s Roy Halladay lite … just not fair.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Really? Has his slider and changeup improved that much?

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      I don’t have a problem Morrison and Maybin and Stanton over McCutchen; I don’t see big things for Maybin or McCutchen at this point; that is, their tools aren’t really matching the expected production. I don’t mind Bumgarner over Hanson–I think Bumgarner could be among the best lefties in the game down the line while Hanson projects as a #2 starter; I do think they should be closer together. I definitely agree with you, Jamal, in saying that Heyward is definitely a Top-5 NL (and baseball, really) prospect.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I can’t possibly rate Logan Morrisson and Michael Stanton over Andrew McCutchen. Look at what the latter did in Triple-A as a 21-year-old; look at the on-base skills he displayed at such an age. Now, take into account that he plays a premium position with room for power potential and I don’t see how a first basemen – who is just ten months younger – who showed great on-base skills and damn good power can be rated above him. Come on, man, McCutchen had a 68/87 BB/K ratio as a 21-year-old center fielder in Triple-A, that’s not normal.

        As for Stanton, see above paragraph, but include the fact that he raked at a lower level than Morrison.

        My argument wasn’t Madison Bumgarner over Tommy Hanson, it was Hanson being in the top 10 at all.

        Yeah, the Heyward thing is just perplexing. My top five for both the AL and NL would be:

        1. Matt Wieters
        2. David Price
        3. Travis Snider
        4. Jason Heyward
        5. Colby Rasmus

  • Jay CT

    Come on PITT -6 and over the 34!!!!!

  • Mike Z

    I read somewhere that Pedro Alvarez is a fat tub of goo right now and the Pirates are not happy about it.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Fat tubs of goo rarely make good baseball players.

      It sounds like a whatchamacallit.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Glad you said “rarely”, cuz I can think of several off the top of my head.: Harmon Killebrew, Cecil Fielder, Rick Reuschel, David Wells, and Rich Garces.

        Although since you said “good”, I guess we can leave Garces off the list.

        • pat

          that ruth guy wasn’t exactly svelte

    • Lasoo
  • http://incumbentgm.wordpress.com The Third Yip-Yip

    I thought this was hilarious when the RAB guys posted a Peter Gammons snippet and this showed up in my browser:


  • Mike Pop

    Punter milked that shit.

  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Newly inducted HOFer Jim Rice rips Yanks/George for his lack of a WS title during his playing days


    “”During that time, Steinbrenner spent more money than the Red Sox,” Rice said. “He had more free agents. So when you get the best free agents, and you get the superstars from other ballclubs, that’s what made you have a better team. The more money you can spend, the better you should get.”

    Rice does have reason to be bitter. From his post in the shadow of the Green Monster, he saw the Yankees buy Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Tommy John, Luis Tiant, Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson and Don Gullett.

    Even now, Rice remains annoyed by the Yankees’ habit of throwing money at their problems. Not surprisingly, he lauds Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein for doing things the right way. “If you look at the Red Sox now, you see them bringing guys up in the organization,” he said. “That’s why Theo has been the person he’s been over the last couple of years. He’ll bring young kids up and stay within the organization.”

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Can’t imagine why it took so long for him to get in. He sounds like a real peach.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime


      Oh dear g-d.

  • Ivan

    Oh yea I saw the movie “Notorious”. I thought the movie was good and majority of the film was pretty solid albeit it wasn’t great but still that wasn’t my expectation of it being great (althought my expectation for the movie was to be good)

    RIP to Biggie Smalls, Brooklyn’s finest. Man that dude was sick with the rhymes.

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    (I saw this on another blog, and I thought it might do for spirited discussion here): For any of you history junkies out there: Who’s the Bert Blyeleven of all the presidents (that is, someone who did good but is underappreciated)? Who’s the Jim Rice (similarly, someone who’s overated) of them? This isn’t meant to be a partisan question, btw.

    My votes are: Truman as Bert, Reagan as Rice

    • 7 Angels

      i’ll agree with truman as bert, but bill clinton should be rice.

      • billbybob

        Going with a similar line of thinking, Barack is like Phil Hughes going into the ’08 season. Both had/have limited track records and people expect(ed) a lot out of both. Much like Phil, Obama will need to prove himself worthy of the hype, something Phil didn’t really do last year. I sure hope Barack fairs a little better in his “rookie season.” The fate of the world depends on it.

        • pat

          Well he at least did a good job of assembling a cabinet of people who’s strengths are his relative weakness’.

          • billbybob

            Blasphemy! Barack Lincoln Roosevelt Obama has no weaknesses!

            • pat

              Hahaha, very true my friend.

  • 7 Angels

    Has anyone heard anything about Bob Shepherd? How’s he doing and will he be at the new stadium? Wouldn’t be the same without the voice of God.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Holy schnikees was that a hard hit. Hopefully everyone’s okay.

    • Mike Pop

      Damn man, I hope Willis is okay.

  • pat

    Damn david lee tellin it like it is.
    When asked if he’s a better pro than he thought he would be he replies (paraphrased) “Well it was tough comin into the league, being a young player and frankly being a white guy everybody assumed I couldn’t play so its been tough…..

  • Michael


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