Alex Houston

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  1. I think we're splitting hairs over whether or not a two possession game at the half makes it significantly harder for the Chiefs to overcome, which I still say it wouldn't. Consider Tampa was able to overcome a 7-point deficit against the Saints and shut out Drew Brees in the second half of the divisional round, winning that game by 10. It was also one drive that the Chiefs were getting penalized heavily on, when they were known to be a heavily penalized team. It wasn't like they were in the bottom five all season long and then suddenly jumped up that high. So even if you took away the Brown TD, Tampa is up 17-6. After Fournette's run it'd be 24-9 in the new timeline, with Mahomes getting picked the next drive. I'm sorry man, I'm just not seeing how that one drive of penalties was a significant handicap for the defending champs. It certainly didn't help them but there's was more to them losing than just that.
  2. This is a narrative that I still feel the need to contest. The score at halftime was 21-6 in favor of Tampa and the Chiefs got the ball back to start the second half, but only scored a field goal when they got it, making it 21-9. The Fournette run right after, coupled with the Winfield pick is what really was the fatal blow for Kansas City. CBS had a graphic at some point talking about how Kansas City erased leads like a Thanos finger snap so you got to believe, from that point on, that the Chiefs were likely to start getting some breaks and score a touchdown somehow and make it a two possession game with a quarter and a half left to play. Let's also remember the Chiefs got shut out on probably their best second half drive early in the fourth too. So yes, I agree it was harder to come back for Chiefs Kingdom, but let's not pretend that one drive with four penalties decided a game that was only halfway over. It just seems like fans use the reasoning of "overcoming the refs and the opposing team" to cover up shotty play-calling or a lack of on field adjustments.
  3. I'm still amazed at what happened yesterday and am basking in the nice afterglow of having a team I like win a title. I remember having folks mention to me Brady signed with Tampa and I went in with a total "see what happens" attitude. When they went 6-2, I was like, "Wow, they're pretty solid. Maybe they can get to the NFC Title Game." But in no way or form was I remotely confident against the Packers or Chiefs. I know some fans will want to argue about the four penalties Kansas City had on that drive before the Brown TD, but being held out of the endzone entirely makes me think the Bucs were just a tad bit better than what some football fans would give them credit for. The only thing I can nitpick about at a time like this is I wish they had the old flag instead of the new one. It was vintage, timeless and wonderful and they threw it to the side. For shame.
  4. Tampa Bay > Team State Farm. Two Super Bowls in my lifetime. Crazy. I'll add it more analysis later but for right now, it's time to soak in the moment.
  5. Now if you could just do that for San Jose, then we'd REALLY be cooking with gas! Cheers friend!
  6. Wow. I didn't think it was gonna be done. The ghosts of 2003 have blessed them. :censored:ing hell. Champs again.
  7. Holy. :censored:ing. :censored:.
  8. *inhales deeply, slowly exhales* Keep pounding boys. Please God, just keep scoring.
  9. I'm a tainted juror, but even with the soft calls, Tampa has done a great job of frustrating and neutralizing KC in many areas. I mean, this isn't over by any means, because it's still a two possession game. So all of this means bupkus if Tampa starts screwing up and allowing Mahomes to run roughshot like he has before. Ohhhhh man, I forgot how anxious it can be when you're so close...
  10. For sure. I was hoping Tampa could do a good job of containing Hill and seeing if Watkins, Kelce and company could beat them. It's a matter of time before KC makes some adjustments and starts shutting down the Bucs again. Still way too much game to play at this point, but I've been more than happy with the result so far.
  11. Yea I take back what I said earlier about the at capacity remark. I totally didn't catch that the first time around.
  12. Honestly, seeing a full stadium full of people makes all the other empty stadiums happening right now seem needless and archaic. I could've even understood opening up the lower bowl with some kind of "thank you first responders" banners up top. But this event total undermines all the crap we've gone through up to this point. Ugh, whatever. Go Bucs.
  13. I'd be curious to see how the name and number would look with a black outline, but I think this set is more balanced and sharp looking. I'm torn on if the brim of the hat should be red or keep with the alternating pattern. Good work!
  14. Ironically, I think the brick/sand combo would be great for a team like the Diamondbacks or even if the Padres didn't have brown and yellow. I feel like a definite desert city could handle it better than a top five populous city, as Admiral pointed out. Thing is, the pin-stripe brick vest set looks too muddled with the stripes and the sleeves. If the stripes were gone and the pants were sand instead, I think that could be more boradly appreciated. The sand set without the stripes has some potential, as I felt the script in that set was always nice, though I'd go brick hat since going brick pants clashes more to my eye than a full sand jersey and pants look.
  15. Took a day or so to absorb all the talk and let the initial knee jerk reactions come and go. I haven't cared this much about Bucs football in over a decade and while I was meh on the signing of Brady, I think he's sufficiently proven the old adage of the rising tide really can raise all ships. To use a bit of wrestling parlance, I hated the fact it was a smozz finish, since I was hoping they would beat Green Bay clean and not have this needless point brought up years down the road about how Tampa screwed over the Packers. I've watched enough sports at this point in my life to know every playoff game is going to have controversial calls in some way where things are a bit of a grey area. For many years, I hated the Rams because I thought they stole the '99 NFCCG from Tampa when Bert Emanuel had a huge catch late in the fourth that was overturned, only to have the same catch be called legit in a change the next year. I was bitter about it for a few years after, even after the SB season, because I still felt like it was some botched job that had St. Louis fail upwards. However, getting older has shown this sort of thing to happen all the freaking time and every team has so many chances over the course of a game to have it not come down to one drive or one play, yet it does. The pass interference was a crappy call for sure, but I've seen just as many posts arguing about holds, other PIs, play clock violations, that weren't called. We can argue The Butterfly Effect all day but the gist of my post is that it doesn't come to just one play, but a whole series of plays that causes teams to put themselves in a compromised position.