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    Some Interesting (to me) stats on NO, GB, and SF

    Yea, I first saw Arrington and Ivory in the preseason last year, and liked them both. I thought they looked like good future standouts.

    Hey, remember, Thomas was the "first-punch" during the 2009 Super Bowl run. Isn't he amazing? It's like you are sure he's down, two or three guys are right on him, but somehow he remains standing, and cobbles together a few more yards. It is the most unique running style I've ever seen, but it looks like one that could result in injury easily.

    I think not only does the depth make good sense, after all the injuries led to a hapless performance at Seattle last year in the first and only playoff game. But it offers three entirely different running styles. Payton can run them all, can see which one is working better, and use that one a bit more.

    I'll let you cover the colleges SloMo, as it's just too big. I scarcely can follow just the Saints'! I didn't even watch that Alabama LSU game the other night. Didn't go to either of the colleges, so...I think the Saints' are going to do well, and I agree with everything you said. I don't know how, but the Saints really have worked motivation and work ethic into a winning formula, along with a fantastic offense, and a team spirited defense.
    Posted 01-11-2012 at 09:51 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Yea, this whole religious thing has been a shameless flaunting all the way back to his introduction into the league. Play the game, shut up, and stop trying to shove religion down everyone in the games' throats.

    Besides, does Tebow think he's the only one that believes in this mystical God? I'm sure others on the other team believe too. Why is he so special as to think God is only going to help him.

    Religion is mostly a waste of time--arguing about things we can never know, UNTIL we die, and then maybe not either. So why waste so much time on it? Because some sheep-herders way back when, or Roman soldiers and politicians came up with it? Since our media keeps trying to shove it down our throats because it's really just a manipulation device for our population? Sorry, there is no way anyone can ever know for sure, and to me this exercise of trying to convince yourself you believe just so you don't burn is close to insane. It all sounds to be, like every other religion, stuff of human invention.

    Play football, and shut-up. Perhaps we should penalize the Tebow "thinker pose."
    Posted 01-11-2012 at 09:44 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Hilarious link neugey! It's about time the media quit riding Tebow's jock and started poking some serious fun at him, SNL notwithstanding. Plus, you guys gotta' luv the Seahawk reference at the beginning, lol! Had to add it to my favorites so I can watch it a few more times, haha!
    Posted 01-11-2012 at 05:43 AM by SloMotion SloMotion is offline
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    Some Interesting (to me) stats on NO, GB, and SF

    Yeah, but if anybody could compile stats on emotion, the smart money would be on you, mike27. Emotion is one of those untangibles you just can't measure, but it's a real factor in the outcome of a game. Everybody is going to be up the game, but the Saints have the 'calm under fire' to focus on the prize. That's all Sean Payton.

    When the Lions went to artificial turf in 1975, it changed the characteristic of the team forever. They never got it done on natural turf as much after that. It's a very real concern for teams that don't have natural turf at home, IMO.

    It's hard to believe people would discount the Saints run game. I knew about Sproles, but Thomas adds the second punch to a 1-2 punch running game. The Saints will get the tough yards when they need 'em and you have a sure 100yds a game on the ground, "I ga-ron-tee". (that's my Justin Wilson tribute, my favorite cooking show of all time). Plus, Sproles returns kicks. You gotta' like a guy like that. Anybody discounts the Saints running game, shame on them.

    I do want to point out Arrington was a Michigan boy before he was a Saint , you guys got a steal and you're bringing him along right. He was always the #1/#2 guy with the Wolverines and made the key catches. He can be a big game receiver if you need him to be.

    All in all, things are looking up in the ol' Big Easy.
    Posted 01-11-2012 at 05:35 AM by SloMotion SloMotion is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    I'm sorry Saintfan, but please stop now. If I have to hear one more prediction or critique, of any kind, about Tebow, I will throw up.

    To me religious one's religious beliefs and practices are very personal and should be kept mostly private. His public praying is, to me, simply a shameless evangelical flaunt.

    We all believe SOMETHING. And, we all have potential.

    He may prove to be an outstanding NFL quarterback but, he has not proven that this season. He may prove to be an outstanding Christian, but that is not a competition. And, the only person(s) to whom he needs to prove the quality of his faith, is himself, and his God.
    Posted 01-11-2012 at 02:39 AM by WHO_DAT_CAT WHO_DAT_CAT is offline
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    Some Interesting (to me) stats on NO, GB, and SF

    Well I find them encouraging, but they don't count much for emotion, or turf, or location, or enthusiasm. But I don't think the Saints' are short on that either, so...I feel pretty good about it.

    I just hope they've been practicing on turf a bit, doing some running, getting those cleat sizes just right, I suggested in another forum, after that Steelers game, they might want to take some lights and a generator, but then I don't remember, the game might be in the daytime anyway.

    I feel like a lot of the commentary has been discounting the Saints' running game too. I think it's pretty damn good myself. Personally I like Ivory as much as Ingram, and Arrington is stepping in for Moore, and he's good too.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 10:15 PM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Some Interesting (to me) stats on NO, GB, and SF

    Wow! That's a slam-dunk ... I can't even come up with an argument for argument's sake ... stats don't lie.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 04:41 PM by SloMotion SloMotion is offline
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    Posted 01-10-2012 at 04:27 PM by neugey neugey is offline
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    Posted 01-10-2012 at 01:20 PM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Some Interesting (to me) stats on NO, GB, and SF

    Good stuff Mike. Lot of research.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 12:52 PM by SapperSaint SapperSaint is offline
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    Beat by Both; A Lions fan's perspective on Saints/Forty-Niners

    I actually compared the wins of opponents, and found GB had the hardest, SF the next hardest, and the Saints' third, with 117, 115, and 113 wins, so that's pretty much statistically insignificant.

    I did some same-opponents comparisons on a blog--I'm sure they are not totally significant, but it's worth a look-see, and I felt like the Saints' might have come out, for the most part, with a slight plus and form advantages. Check it out if you like.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 12:49 PM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Kind of double-posted--how do I delete one of them, or is done, done?
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 12:45 PM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Posted 01-10-2012 at 12:21 PM by SapperSaint SapperSaint is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Great post SF. Pleasure to read. Keep it coming.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 12:19 PM by SapperSaint SapperSaint is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    I'm not much of a religionist, and I really don't care for his basic theft of the pose, sans seat, of the sculpture "The Thinker." (google it)

    The irritating thing with religion is, you never get any credit for your hard work, or effort, yet if things go bad, you get all the blame. So, where is the self-esteem in that? To play in the NFL, or do anything successfully, you've got to have self-esteem, and you've got to accept that when good things happen you should get the credit, and when bad things happen, usually they are somewhat your fault, though certainly exceptions occur both ways.

    I do like the way he'll run the ball once and a while. I think that makes the game more interesting, though I certainly understand why quarterbacks don't.

    Like the SNL skit said, with Brady and the Patriots, I think Jesus is going to say "You're on your own!" Not only is his ride over, at least for this year, but I think there is going to be some substantial running up of the score.

    Plus I find proselytizing of religion really, really irritating. If you want to believe, fine. Don't spew that stuff all over the place, keep it in the closet as the bible directs, or one might think you hope to glean some sort of advantage with your holy-roller antics.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 10:40 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Tim Tebow is what you would call an 'enigma', a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation. He's the worst QB in the league, but he's pure money when the game is on the line. Can't do anything but win. My prediction? In the off-season, John Fox contacts Urban Meyer for his Florida playbook and Denver scraps their offense so Tebow can run the Florida offense for the Broncos. Bet.

    After doubting Tebow since his college days, I begrudgingly give him his props, you gotta' love a scrapper. :SloMotion does the 'Tebow' pose:

    go Lions.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 07:14 AM by SloMotion SloMotion is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    Blessed are you when men curse and revile and say all manner of
    evil against you, falsely... (because you are Mine?)

    He's the GW Bush of football.
    I love him.

    great read, SF.
    Posted 01-10-2012 at 06:37 AM by skymike skymike is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    I'm a non-believer but I do like Tebow for the work ethic reasons. Kind of like Doug Flutie he is a total underdog, one that is fun to watch and keep tabs on even if you're not necessarily a fan.

    And boo to Mike Tomlin. He should know by now ... NO ONE can escape overtime a victor against Tim Tebow. You go for two to win the game in regulation if there is any chance for overtime. Tebow will win coin flip and will win the game, and just watch because he will do it again. (Half-kidding here)
    Posted 01-09-2012 at 06:56 PM by neugey neugey is offline
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    Tebow Is Winning Me Over

    I hated Tebow as a collegiate player and I hate him as a quarterback. But for some strange reason, I can't help but root for Timmy Tebags.
    Posted 01-09-2012 at 03:08 PM by papz papz is offline

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