Open Thread: Ravens at Patroits


The Pats are without God’s gift to slot receivers, but their key to success is stopping New York’s own Ray Rice. Enjoy the game.


  1. Tom Zig says:

    Go Ravens?

  2. AndrewYF says:

    Good call on Rice.

  3. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    Isn’t he from Westchester?

  4. rbizzler says:

    Rutgers in the house.

  5. Wow, that went up a notch!

  6. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    Keep me posted, kids. I’m catching up on Jersey Shore.

  7. Isn’t that some sort of penalty? Making Brady look bad. I’m sure that’s against some kind of NFL bylaw.

  8. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    Holy shit, Rice is awesome. Jersey Shore goes to commercial and I’m thinking, “The game’s been on for ten minutes at max. How much could have possibly happened?” It’s already 14-0. WTF?

  9. Mike Pop says:

    Still plenty of time left for Brady and the Pats.

  10. Mike Pop says:

    I get a little annoyed when players try to cheat like that. But I guess I’d do the same.

  11. Mike Pop says:

    Baltimore is playing with a chip on their shoulders.

  12. Boston fans turning on their team when things don’t go 100% their way? Say it ain’t so.

  13. Reggie C. says:

    Chapman’s gonna sign with a mystery NL team for $30 million.


  14. Zack says:

    Just tuned in; Brady is 2-5, 2 sacks and 1 INT. About to be down 21-0, wow makes my day better :)

  15. Remember when the Patriots would tape their opponents illegally, making them a great team in the process? I guess it sucks to have rules, if you’re a Patriots fan.

    • Whitey14 says:

      Rules are great and if they would have investigated other teams with disgruntled employees they would have had to fine most, if not all, teams for the same behavior. However, that aside, we know why the Pats didn’t win last year, this year is their natural digression due to aging players, injuries and vast improvement by other AFC teams. It couldn’t last forever, but I’m not really convinced it’s over yet. At least with the Pats they were breaking a rule, with most teams it’s Laws their fans have to be worried about ;-)

      • Zack says:

        Cant you just admit that they cheated and got caught?

        • Whitey14 says:

          They cheated and got caught.

          Can’t the rest of you admit they weren’t the only team doing it?

          Can’t the rest of you admit, it’s not what made them a great team?

          • Whitey14 says:

            Plus, it’s a ridiculous rule, you can take all the still photos you want, but you can’t video, but you can view tape of all an opponent’s actual games and study the tape that reveals how their plays actually work in game situations all you want.

          • Zack says:

            Did it make them a great team? No. Did it make them a better team? Yes, if it didnt Belicheck wouldnt have wasted resources to do it more than once.

  16. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    Back to Jersey Shore for a sec, guys. I think I slept with the one who punched out Snooki. You know, Butterbean’s sister.

  17. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  18. Mike Pop says:

    I like to see a dominate defensive performance but I really was looking forward to a good game.

  19. DontChaKnow says:

    There’s just something that makes me feel so good watching all those Pats fans, that are more than likely Red Sox fans, sit there and suffer while another one of their teams gets their ass kicked out of the playoffs.

    • AndrewYF says:

      So much for “Title Town USA”. It never really had the distinction, but even their run for it was pretty short.

      • Whitey14 says:

        Short run, but valid none the less, unless you can provide an alternate town that deserves it over the past 8-10 years that is. Problem is, most towns/cities haven’t had title winners in multiple sports, let alone consistently, to qualify for the mythical title.

        • JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

          Yeah, not a Boston fan by any means, but they were definitely Title Town of the past decade. Let’s be fair here, guys. They have a lot of really well run organizations. Patriots were the best NFL franchise of the 2000s, the Celtics won a title and were very competitive in the mid-late 2000s, Sox won a title and have been in it pretty much every year. I don’t know anything about hockey, but the Bruins have a good team, right? Hell, even Boston College was pretty good in a few sports.

          • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

            How about NY area? We may not have basketball but we have Devils (if you count NJ as the NY area) winning a Stanley Cup, Yanks won two titles, and the G-men won a title.

            Granted, I still give it to Boston for the decade but it’s not a blowout. and honestly if the Jets win a SB (I’m rooting for them, I have no deep hatred for the Jets like I do for the Mets) and if you count ta SB this year as part of the 09′ season, and if the Devils or Rangers win a championship this year and you count them for the 09′ season it could very well be NY.

            Let me think, a championship count for the decade:

            NY: 4 (2 baseball, 1 football, 1 hockey if you count the Devils)

            Boston: 6 (2 baseball, 3 football, 1 basketball)

            So if you count any championships by a footbal and and hockey franchise this year as belonging to loast decade Ny could tie in championships. In theory.

            • Whitey14 says:

              I count New Jersey teams as being part of the New York sports market, but they shouldn’t count as a New York City championship. If they do, it makes it look worse for New York that Boston is still ahead for the decade and you have that many more teams….it does make it look more like a blow out the more I think about it I guess. (Of course if a Devils title would count this season so wouldn’t a Celtic’s title)

              • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

                Yes, a Celtic’s title would count.

                But if you don’t count NJ as part of the NY sports championship, then don’t count New England for Boston sports championships. They play in Foxboro, Massachusetts and are the NE, not Boston, Patriots.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

                  The NY teams: Yanks, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Devils, Rangers, Islanders

                  Boston sports teams: Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox

                  I I see what you’re saying, you have three less teams, but we’re deciding on title town. If Ny has more titles, shouldn’t the number of teams be irrelevant somewhat?

                • Whitey14 says:

                  That’s a fair enough argument, but you left out the Giants and Jets. My mention of the number of teams (9 vs. 4) was only to show that you have several more chances to win the Mythical title than Boston does so the fact that they are ahead for the decade makes it mnore impressive to me.

                • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

                  Sorry about leaving out the G-men and Jets. My bad.

                  You’re right, all of Boston’s franchises are very well run.

  20. VO says:

    Being a Yankee fan is always great, and now being a Jet fan is also seeming pretty great at the moment. If only we could do something about them Knicks.

  21. Reggie C. says:

    rough break Pats. Ravens gotta challenge.

  22. Mike Pop says:


    How do you not challenge there.

  23. rbizzler says:

    Challenge fail on BAL.

  24. Pasqua says:

    Wow. If this game turns on this, that non-challenge will be legendary (relatively speaking).

  25. Mike Pop says:

    Good shit, Edelman.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      Before Edelman came up with the football, I thought Brade got intercepted again.

    • Steve H says:

      Funny thing is the Patriots got some shit for drafting him……….in the 7th round, because he would have gone undrafted. It’s the 7th effing round, you might as well take a guy you like so you guarantee you get him.

  26. Mike Pop says:

    Here come the Pats.

  27. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Facepalm on Flacco.

  28. Mike Pop says:

    Pats defense is looking great.

  29. rconn23 says:

    The Patriots are just a meh team, their defense is not that great.

    Their strength is supposed to be against the run, yet they allowed Rice to go to the house for 83.

    The Ravens are just such stupid team though (i.e penalties, Flacco’s horrible throws) They’ll obviously find a way to blow this.

  30. Mike Pop says:

    Chapman to the Reds for 30 million rumored. Where did they get that kind of money?

  31. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Anybody got a score? Not near a TV.

  32. GoTerpsGo says:

    I thought NE would be better than this… I hate the Ravens for what they did to NYG back in ’01 (Baltimore is a sh**hole anyways) and I dislike any team coming out of New England – I’d love for this game to go for 3OTs and then the winner loses next game…

  33. Arman Tamzarian says:

    I was going to get some friends together for a fantasy league, any recommendations for best sites to use?

  34. mko says:

    Randy Moss is playing? Didn’t see him thus far…….

  35. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Another INT off a deflection?

  36. Drew says:

    Throw the damn ball out of bounds Flacco.

  37. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    LOL @ Edelman

  38. So I missed the third quarter–looks like it got kind of interesting.

  39. Vince Wilfork is large enough to have at least two moons.

  40. Steve H says:

    Joe Flacco really is better than this right?

    • Mike Pop says:

      Same could be said for the Pats.

      • Steve H says:

        Oh I know the Pats are better than this. But Flacco looks terrible and I haven’t watched him play much. The Pats D is ok not great, they shouldn’t be making him look this bad.

        • Mike Pop says:

          Sorry for the loss man.

          • Steve H says:

            Ehh, it definitely sucks, but it was certainly a transition year, with Bruschi/Vrabel/Harrison/Seymour all leaving. The Seymour trade hurt short term, but will help rebuild the team on the fly. Pats had a great draft, Vollmer was their 4th 2nd round pick and looks like a stud, Edelman in the 7th round obviously a steal, and Tate and McKenzie in the 3rd have a chance to compete next year coming back from injuries. Once Belichick traded Seymour, you could see what he thought of the 2009 team, decent, but not elite, and better to try and make the 2011-2012 team elite.

            • Whitey14 says:

              Agreed on all counts…plus Flacco is injured and it’s certainly not helping his cause today. True to form, they are a running team with a decent quarterback and a really solid defense. They’ve earned the win today, no qualms from this Pats fan, but they’ll go no further just as the Pats wouldn’t have.

            • JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

              Yup. Smart on his part. Their defense wasn’t up to par this year and frankly, they lack a rushing attack.

              They could be really, really good in the upcoming few years.

              I still think they’re the model franchise of the NFL (I want to hate them, but I really respect how they build).

              • Steve H says:

                Yeah, Belichick is cold fucking hearted when it comes down to it, and he determined, in August, that he didn’t have a championship team, so he shipped off Seymour in a move that, while was a good trade, he’s probably the only coach in the league who makes it.

  41. Ravens got fucked on that spot.

  42. Drew says:

    AFC football just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not sure why.

  43. That’s what Willis is talking about.

    GET IT?!

  44. mko says:

    Man, not one close game so far this weekend…

  45. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    I’d challenge that again.

  46. Mike Pop says:

    Kick return for TD, come on Slater!

  47. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    Wow, this has been a tremendously boring WC round.

  48. Holy shit, Aiken’s head bounced up really damn high on that.

  49. Hughesus Cristo says:

    Spectacularly bad game.

    Note: Dallas isn’t that good, Philly just isn’t good either. Minnesota will beat them handily.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Note: Dallas isn’t that good, Philly just isn’t good either


      Minnesota will beat them handily.

      Could happen but I doubt it.

      • Steve H says:

        As poor as Romo’s playoff record is (or is perceived to be), Favre has thrown up a TON of playoff bombs himself, but of course he’s just having fun out there. I agree, Minnesota could beat them handily, and should be favored at home, but the Cowboys have a great chance to win that game.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          It’s not perception. He’s won one playoff game. Sure he was only there three times but remember last year that final game of the season was practically a playoff game.

          • Steve H says:

            But it’s not necessarily all on him either. And Favre has had so many more opportunities to win playoff games, that people forget about all of his horrible losses (Manning too).

            • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

              All true. But I think you’re beyond knocking people for clutchness once they have their ring.

              • Steve H says:

                Beyond knocking them? Probably. But having an effect on the next game, not so much. The year Manning won his SB he was terrible. Favre has been terrible since. There’s nothing that says to me Favre will outplay Romo due to a previous ring or any clutchness. Even Rothlisberger’s first SB win was the worst game ever played by SB winning QB. He clearly made up for that last year, but Romo would have won that 1st SB if he played for Pittsburgh.

  50. Edelman is so gritty.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      BOOM!!! What a hit.

    • Whitey14 says:

      just made himself look like an ass by signaling for the first down though….guess he’s been watching Ray Lewis’ antics for too long….

    • Steve H says:

      I hope I never hear him called gritty again, but you have to give a 7th round pick who was a QB in college some credit for developing into a good WR in his 1st year in the league.

  51. Why are they even thinking about running the ball…?

  52. Whitey14 says:

    Horrible no call on the pass interference

  53. Drew says:

    lol.. instead of showing us the actual play, CBS would rather just show us Brady and the O-Line’s reaction.

  54. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Game. Over.

  55. Mike Pop says:

    That promo was bad ass.

  56. Drew says:

    What was a girl doing on the football field!!??


  57. Mike Pop says:

    Alright…. let’s get to the Pack/Cards.

  58. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    Haha @ that John Travolta movie. Is it supposed to be a comedy?

  59. VN says:

    Ravens win. Sad, really sad.

  60. JMK aka The Overshare's Garden Apartment Complex says:

    I really want to hate the Patriots, but I can’t. They constantly find hidden gems in the draft and seem to develop talent seamlessly. I think Whitey said this above, but they basically conceded this year when they traded with the Raiders. As they should have. This team just doesn’t look like it’s built for a SB. Collect a top pick and continue to re-stock the team when they can really win it all.

    Quality organization (though Sweatshirt Man is surly and Brady is kind of whiny, it seems).

    • Steve H says:

      Whitey just agreed with me. :)

      But seriously, that Pats should trade for Scott Hairston.

      I think a lot of the anti-Pats sentiment is relatively similar to the anti-Yankees sentiment, people want their teams to be like the Pats/Yankees, and since they aren’t, get pissed about it. Back to the Raiders trade making sense for the Patriots, it was completely ridiculous for the Raiders to make. A last place team trading a 1st round pick for a 30 year old DE who is going to be a free agent, what was the point? Obviously the Raiders are the other extreme to the Pats, but fans of the other 30 teams have to look at that and wonder why aren’t we trading with the Raiders?

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