Leftridge: Who Lost? Who Won? Who Got Cleated in the Eggs? Weekend Recap

 

In every contest, there must be winners, and there must be losers. It’s an irrefutable, scientific fact. Sometimes, it’s difficult to differentiate—there are levels of grey that force deep evaluation. Other times—this weekend, for example—it’s brilliantly obvious.

For no particular reason, let’s start by looking at the winners.

Tim Tebow/ Denver Fans/ Christianity

Look, I don’t know why people want Tebow to fall flat on his handsome face. Perhaps it’s his humble nature that people misconstrue as smugness. Maybe it’s because he seems to have some deep connection to God that most of us can only dream of. Regardless of reason, I don’t know that there’s a more unwarrantedly polarizing figure in the NFL. Some people—grandmothers, Coloradans, Floridians, preachers—love the ‘Bow. Others—NFL fans everywhere but Denver—detest him.

After months and months of clamoring, his pundits finally got their wish: Tebow got a start. And how’d he do? Well, he won. And despite a few missteps—more than one ugly pass, a fumble—he looked really pretty adequate doing it.  He threw for 161 yards with two touchdowns. He rushed for 65. Most importantly, he didn’t throw an interception, he tied the game with a two point conversion, and he won it in overtime. On the road.

All of this being said, I’m still not sold. The Dolphins are a really bad team (I hope Andrew Luck likes aqua and orange) . His accuracy wasn’t great. He scrambled more than he needed to. But you’ve gotta hand it to him, he was really pretty, kind-of a little bit decent today.

Albert Pujols/ His Agent

Hey St. Louis: pay this guy whatever he wants. After Saturday night’s historic game (5 hits, 3 dingers, 6 RBI), Pujols further solidified himself as the greatest hitter in the game today. He can now officially hold the Cardinals (and whoever else wants to get in the mix) hostage this offseason when it comes to contract negotiations. $300,000,000 for 10 years? I don’t see why not. Given his historically above-average health, and his consistent production year in and year out, nobody’s better than the ‘Pu. (yeah, that felt as weird typing it as it did for you to read it. My apologies)

Matt Forte/ Londoners

Hey Chicago: pay this guy whatever he wants. Forte is a bad, bad man. In yesterday’s win in Merry Olde England, he treated a bunch of blokes (and probably a few birds, as well) to a dazzling show by running for 145 yards and scoring a TD against the Buccaneers. It’s nothing new. With slight exceptions, he’s been doing this all year long. In 2011, The Chicago Bears have amassed 2,362 yards of offense. Forte has had a hand in 1,091 of that. He is 46% of their offense. Incredible.

Tony Gonzalez

Oh, Tony G, you’ll always be the Chief of my heart… okay, so that was queer, but the fact remains: Gonzalez is (and has been for some time, to be fair) the greatest tight end in the history of the NFL. With his five catches against the Lions, he moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time receptions list. As a tight end. Amazing. And while he’ll never catch Jerry Rice, it’s still insanely impressive. We were lucky to see it up close for 12 years.

Kansas State Football

Although their blowout win came against a disgustingly terrible KU football team, Snyder’s boys continue to impress. They’re now 7-0, their best start since winning nine straight in 1999, and bowl eligible for the second straight year.

It takes a big man (or someone who knows you can’t hide from stuff you previously said on the internet) to admit when he was wrong. I totally misjudged this team. I get it, now. They’re really, really good. I absolutely cannot wait for next weekend’s showdown with Oklahoma, in Manhattan. It’s shaping up to be the highlight of the Big 12 season. Get your popcorn ready.

Lots of really, solid winning this weekend. But for every action, there’s an equal and opposite shitburger. So who lost?

The Detroit Lions

After their red-hot start, the Lions are starting to look a little more human, a little less cyborg. Two home losses—last week to an average 49ers team, and this week to a better (though still not great) Falcons team—and things start getting put into perspective. Other than a long TD catch by the ever-impressive Megatron, their offense struggled to get any sort of momentum going against an aggressive Atlanta defense. Oh, their special teams blew goat-ass as well and Mr. Glass limped off of the field with an apparent knee injury after failing to keep the drive alive with a little over a minute left. Matt Stafford’s health has been a career long concern, and they can’t win without him.

If he’s healthy next week—and I haven’t yet heard he won’t be—they’re likely to rebound against Denver. The rest of their schedule is far from cake, though. After the bye, they go to Chicago and New Orleans, and still play the Packers twice. Yikes.

Chris Johnson/ Chris Johnson Fantasy Football Owners

10 carries for 18 yards. There’s really not much more to say. They say he’s healthy. I’m confused.

Manchester United

Holy balls! Manchester United—who spent the first part of the English Premier League season stomping the crap out of their opponents—took a beating at the hands (well, feet, I suppose) of cross-town rival Manchester City. The 6-1 defeat was historically bad—like, REALLY historically bad. Man U hadn’t conceded six goals at home since 1930. They were unbeaten in 37 straight home games. So, yeah… historical. The loss dropped the Red Devils to second place, behind their aggressors, and caused manager Alex Ferguson to look despondent and say shit like, ‘blimey,‘ and ‘cheerio.’ 

 

Kyle Boller

Wow, Oakland’s Kyle Boller… just, wow. 7 of 14 for 61 yards? Three interceptions? You sir, are no NFL quarterback. Somebody tricked you, dude. Sorry.

(And just for good measure, it should be noted that “replacement” QB Carson Palmer threw three of his own—not as egregious because he’s, well, been out of the league for almost a year. He’ll likely get better. Boller will not).

And there it is. There were some notable misses in there—Tony Sparano and his lovable band of misfits, for one—but there’s a good chance we’ll be able to talk about the hapless Dolphins next week.

Oh, and for the love of Christ, please watch your balls around Minnesota’s Brian Robison.

www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d8236610e/Robison-goes-below-the-waist
 

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11 Responses to Leftridge: Who Lost? Who Won? Who Got Cleated in the Eggs? Weekend Recap

  1. chuck says:

    oops
    “Wow, Denver’s Kyle Boller

  2. chuck says:

    oops
    funny stuff

  3. chuck says:

    Although, that Tony Gonzalez remark
    might have you crossing the River Styff.

  4. Brandon Leftridge says:

    Oops… good catch, Chuck.

    And thanks, by the way.

  5. EMAW says:

    Thanks…
    … for admitting you were wrong. K-Staters had a feeling this could be a special year but I’m not sure any of us would have expected 7-0 at this point. It’s very exciting and couldn’t be happier for Coach. The guy is amazing.

  6. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Tebow shit down his leg for 55 minutes yesterday until putrid Miami finally returned the favor. We’ll see what happens next week when Suh and the Lions go to Denver, provided their defense can overcome Gunther’s piss-poor scheming. He’s terrible. No way that team should be ranked 20th in the league in team defense with the cupcake schedule they’ve had.

    Twenty bucks says Tebow scores at least once on a QB bootleg. Vintage Gunther.

  7. smartman says:

    Tebow Or Not Tebow
    Gotta love the kid. He’s a TRUE BELIEVER in God, himself, his teammates, coaches fans, hater’s, fellow man and everybody else. His force of will got him through high school and college. The NFL is gonna be a little harder. There will be no in between with him. He’s either the next coming of John Elway or Todd Marinovich.
    I’m on the bandwagon. Worst thing that happens to him is he winds up becoming a high priced strength and conditioning coach or he can chuck it all and SPREAD THE WORD.

  8. chuck says:

    I think your right smartman
    except for one thing, he ain’t got Elway’s arm.

  9. PB says:

    I Don’t Have A Problem
    With Tebow, but Merle’s right, he was pretty awful until the last five minutes of the game against the punchless Fins. He definitely knows how to win in his own unorthodox way, but there’s simply no way he can keep it up over the long run, especially against better teams and even those that will scheme against his many flaws. While he inexplicably does have a ton of haters, conversely, he has so many adoring fans that perhaps he’s getting more love for his most shit performance than he really deserves. Didn’t even really EARN the starting nod over Orton either, more a result of public pressure from his cult-like followers. Still, if he weren’t with hated Denver, I’d actually root for him to succeed in his unconventional way in a league that frowns against such.

  10. bschloz says:

    28-0 -OH MY
    Hey Kerouac I’ll bet you just loved that Chiefs V yesterday HOW SWEET IT IS!
    Only thing that would of made it better would be if Curt Gowdy was in the booth. 28-0 ..

    Poor Chargers —-2nd Prime time game in a year at Arrowhead…perfect ..hope it RAINS!

    I like our chances to be 6-3 …. It’s All About The B’s Baby- Bowe,Breston,Battle,Baldwin,Bitchez!

  11. Rick says:

    Comments
    Where to begin. Loved the perspective on Tebow.
    Cards will obviously regret not signing Albert earlier. And many thought he had blown it by not signing when he got hurt.
    when Tony left he said he would go to the Hall of fame as a Chief. I got a feeling that won’t happen especially the longer he stays playing in Atlanta.
    Hate to be like a writer that breaks his arm patting himself on the back. But i would like to point out that I was correct in two things this weekend. Is aid Palmer wouldn’t start and if he did he would throw three picks. I was off by a half but got the picks right.
    And Brandon yes Kyle SUCKS. But really is the time line between since Palmer played and Kyle played about the same. Its not like he was a starting QB last year at this time was it? Though obviously he had the benefit of training camp.
    Boy you got me excited when you said Mr Glass limped off the field. Iw as hoping you were talking about the Royals owner. I would like him to limp out of baseball.

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