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2015 NFL Season-Now with Playoff Talk


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My takeaways from this week...

  • Houston (or anyone from the AFC South) should have never made the playoffs to begin with.
  • Being a Cincinnati sports fan is the most depressing thing to be, right after Cleveland and Buffalo.
  • Seattle got lucky (again). I believe the weather played an obvious factor in the game, but man, you still almost had it, Minnesota.
  • Green Bay beat an average-at-best Washington team. They will get beaten considerably by Arizona next week.
There is an obvious omission...four-team town, title-free since 1991.
Technically, it's only a three-team town. (The original fourth team during that stretch played in the 'burbs, and its successor plays in the next town over. Then again, if you count the local college hockey program, the title-free stretch only goes back to 2003.)
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I just want to hate new teams.

  • SEAHAWKS: Won a title, blew a title game, and their QB is a bible thumping hypocrite douche.
  • PATRIOTS: What else do I need to say? Epitome of sports evil, and given a free pass at all venues.
  • STEELERS: Big Ben is sort of greasy, but something about them just rubs me the wrong way. Mostly the entitled whining of the Steelers fandom which reminds me a little too much of my fellow Chicago fans.
  • PACKERS: Take a decade to have a terrible run of QBs and learn some humility. The bottom needs to fall out for this smug, tradition-milking pack of braggarts. Assbags, all. I would applaud if a team of Burficts played against Rodgers 16 weeks next season. Tired of it. End him.
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  • STEELERS: Big Ben is sort of greasy, but something about them just rubs me the wrong way. Mostly the entitled whining of the Steelers fandom which reminds me a little too much of my fellow Chicago fans.

Let me help, because you're already in the neighborhood. Everything Bears fans hold dear about their team -- nationally beloved, a cornerstone of the NFL, a testament to the virtues of blue-collar smashmouth football in a blue-collar town -- the Steelers not only do better, but do it so much better that it wouldn't even occur to Steelers fans to give the Bears a second thought. Celebrated football family? One blazed a trail for racial equality, the other is just insular and weird. Big tough coach with a mustache? One is a drunken farting boor, the other, well, isn't. Super Bowls? Won 6 out of 8 to 1 out of 2. The Steelers merely make the playoffs a lot; the Bears don't. The Steelers make the Bears even more irrelevant than the Packers do and they do it without trying.

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To be honest, I don't really care what happens in the NFC. Although it'd be sweet to see Carolina or Arizona make it, I don't really have anything against Seattle or Green Bay at all. Whoever comes out is cool with me.

I just want Pittsburgh and New England to go far, far, far away and never come back. A Denver/Kansas City title game would be the greatest super-late Christmas present I'd have ever received.

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To be honest, I don't really care what happens in the NFC. Although it'd be sweet to see Carolina or Arizona make it, I don't really have anything against Seattle or Green Bay at all. Whoever comes out is cool with me.

I just want Pittsburgh and New England to go far, far, far away and never come back. A Denver/Kansas City title game would be the greatest super-late Christmas present I'd have ever received.

Fully agreed.

Not a good weekend for the luckless long suffering fans outside of KC.

Packers, Seahawks, Steelers- three teams that probably have a combined 9 diehard not bandwagoner fans.

Yay for fake fans who cheer for the marquee teams.

I've cheered for the Packers ever since I found out that they are the only community-owned Big 4 team. (You know, because I'm a dirty socialist and all.) Not really the only reason, but I'm not a bandwagon-jumper. Having said that, I hope somebody knocks out the entitled Squeelers and Hatriots. Both teams' fanbases are far too smug, and a couple of the recent titles for each of them deserve asterisks (2015 for air pressure, 2005 for the blatant favouritism for Jerome Bettis' team by the refs).

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<p>I just want to hate new teams.

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  • PACKERS: Take a decade to have a terrible run of QBs and learn some humility. The bottom needs to fall out for this smug, tradition-milking pack of braggarts. Assbags, all. I would applaud if a team of Burficts played against Rodgers 16 weeks next season. Tired of it. End him.

Would you have said this about the 49ers when they had the Montana-Young-Garcia triumvirate?

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Stop it with the "smug fanbases" and "bandwagon fans" comments. It's just immature. Every team is the same when they win.

If the Panthers can win this thing and then stay good another couple of years, then everyone will be complaining about their "fans". "I hate the Panthers and their bandwagon fans" is what it will be.

What I get from reading these moronic posts is that the only teams with good likeable fans are the horrible teams. Just stop it.

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Stop it with the "smug fanbases" and "bandwagon fans" comments. It's just immature. Every team is the same when they win.

If the Panthers can win this thing and then stay good another couple of years, then everyone will be complaining about their "fans". "I hate the Panthers and their bandwagon fans" is what it will be.

Disagree. There's always more in play when it comes to hating fans from, say, Boston. It's never gonna reach that level with the likes of Charlotte. I've never even noticed a problem with Pittsburgh fans in any sport.

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  • STEELERS: Big Ben is sort of greasy, but something about them just rubs me the wrong way. Mostly the entitled whining of the Steelers fandom which reminds me a little too much of my fellow Chicago fans.

Let me help, because you're already in the neighborhood. Everything Bears fans hold dear about their team -- nationally beloved, a cornerstone of the NFL, a testament to the virtues of blue-collar smashmouth football in a blue-collar town -- the Steelers not only do better, but do it so much better that it wouldn't even occur to Steelers fans to give the Bears a second thought. Celebrated football family? One blazed a trail for racial equality, the other is just insular and weird. Big tough coach with a mustache? One is a drunken farting boor, the other, well, isn't. Super Bowls? Won 6 out of 8 to 1 out of 2. The Steelers merely make the playoffs a lot; the Bears don't. The Steelers make the Bears even more irrelevant than the Packers do and they do it without trying.

This is more of a broad thing that bothers me than specific to this post, but the NFL is the only sport out there where there's a division of championships. NFL championships have been awarded and won long before the Super Bowl ever became an event. The Super Bowl in its original nature was a championship game between two different leagues hosting professional football (albeit, with the knowledge that the two leagues would be merged at the end of the decade, but still). It's irritating when anyone looks at the list of Super Bowl champions and declares the Steelers the most accomplished team, because it's wrong. When the Steelers were in the "other conference", they were bloody freakin' awful. It wasn't until the merger, and their move to the AFC, that they became what they became. My knowledge on this isn't perfect, but I'm pretty sure that, in the context of overall championships won, the Packers, Bears, and Giants still beat the Steelers in that department.

Now, yes, the Bears have only won one championship in the last 60 or whatever years, so, to that end, the point is still germane to what's being discussed. But the way we subconsciously divide pre-SB championships with post-SB championships would be no different than looking at NBA champions pre-ABA and post-ABA merger, but no one does that because, crap, the Celtics suddenly look a lot more ordinary, don't they?

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I really hate how this game ended. A couple of Bengals deserve this but I feel for the fans. Plus, it is freaking annoying to see certain teams benefit from bizarre circumstances. And this is not on the officials...it just happened to Pittsburgh because...of...something. And the more they win after getting this one handed to them the more annoying it will get.

It happens to Green Bay as much, if not more, than it does to the Steelers. Hell, the Vikings outplayed the Packers pretty solidly last week, and for their troubles they got the defending NFC champs in historically awful weather (although that might have given the Vikings a better chance). Green Bay, meanwhile, got to play the weakling Redskins in 60 degree weather. After four straight wins over crappy teams, the Redskins showed everybody that they were still the Redskins. The Vikings would have been better off benching everybody last week. Had they conceded the division, they likely would have beaten the Packers yesterday.

This is not a good Packers team, but as soon as I saw they drew the Redskins, I got a bad feeling. This is going to be 2010 all over again. Carson Palmer's leg is going to fall off next weekend and these :censored:s will end up hosting the NFCCG as a 5 seed which lost 6 of its last 10.

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For anyone interested NFL Network will re air Super Bowl I this friday night. I try and post the link for nfl.com later my phone wont let me paste a url in here sorry.

I saw a commercial for that about an hour ago. As a history nut, I'm really excited. Supposedly they'll be airing lost footage, which is really cool.

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Stop it with the "smug fanbases" and "bandwagon fans" comments. It's just immature. Every team is the same when they win.

If the Panthers can win this thing and then stay good another couple of years, then everyone will be complaining about their "fans". "I hate the Panthers and their bandwagon fans" is what it will be.

Disagree. There's always more in play when it comes to hating fans from, say, Boston. It's never gonna reach that level with the likes of Charlotte. I've never even noticed a problem with Pittsburgh fans in any sport.

Well Boston's been more relevant lately since they win something every year it seems, but I really think it's the same everywhere. Maye I just don't get that worked up over fans, or maybe at this point of my life I'm just a "band wagoner" myself, but I don't care.

Hell - people bitch about Seahawks fans! Seattle's a bad guy now? It's natural to be jealous when some other team is winning and you're not, so if cutting down rival fans makes people feel better then so be it.

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