We could all be Bills fans. In fact in my short time in this world I've learned two very valuable lessons. No matter what gets you down nothing will make you feel better quicker than a google image search of Heidi Klum, or simply by saying: at least I'm not a Bills fan. Like I'm not a medical professional or anything, but in my experience that makes me feel better a 100 times out of 100. Fairly certain if you key in 'depression' into WebMD those two things are the first two search results. So while losing another game in the final seconds is heartbreaking, it could still be much worse.
- Anyone else shocked that Jarrett 'amateur hour' Bush had ANOTHER boneheaded penalty. That's up there with Willie Nelson getting busted for pot this weekend. Nice job guys, I'm sure CSI is writing a new episode as we speak. Honestly I'm not sure how Jarrett Bush is even still on the team. I think he's supposed to be a special teams guru or something? I guess if you're not going to cut him at least make him change his number. I mean does it bother anyone else that Willie Wood wore #24? I realize his jersey isn't retired so it's fair game, but at the same time shouldn't there be some bare minimum requirements to wear that jersey. Like not having half of your torso out of bounds when you down a kick?
- As rich as we are in wide receivers we are as poor in running backs. Apparently Dimitri Nance got a concussion yesterday otherwise we would have seen more of him, but based on what we've seen so far he's got about as good a shot of being the next Barry Sanders as I do of winning a Pulitzer for this blog. Bottom line is you need some semblance of a running game to win close games. Exhibit A: Michael Turner. Rodgers certainly can be productive, but going 5 wide with Rodgers running up the middle time after time is NOT a good look.
- Anyone else think Brett Swain is capable of being a really solid wide receiver? I'm not saying the guy is the next Wes Welker, but at the same time probably is.
- Memo to Sam Shields: This isn't Madden, you can take a knee and a touch back. What's the old saying? Discretion is the better part of valor? Well taking a knee and starting at the 20 is the better part of running 100 mph into a wall of defenders at the 10.
- As long as we're doling out memos; Memo to Mike McCarthy: Even if you don't see a replay quick enough, probably makes sense to challenge a play on 4th and 3 that looked close. Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose and if he listened to the fans he'd need about 150 red flags in his back pocket but when the Falcons went to the hurry up to run a play before a replay came down, chances are the catch was suspect. Again my expertise is more in making an ass out of myself on the air/writing grammatically flawed blogs, but that was a game changer.
At the end of the day it all adds up to the fourth loss of the year by a field goal in the final seconds. I'm not saying the Packers have a problem winning close games, but that's only because I'm a delusional homer. Go back to last year and it was the same issue in Pittsburgh, and the playoff game in Arizona. In close games it comes down to three or four plays, and every one of them went to Atlanta. And honestly while that face mask penalty was annoying, this game was lost in the 2nd quarter. Leaving 7 points on the field with the fumble and then giving the Falcons 7 points by not challenging the Gonzalez non-catch. Like I'd rather watch the entire DVD series of According to Jim before I watch that 2nd quarter again. So it all depends on how you look at it, either this team is snake-bitten in tight contests, or even with all the intangibles going the Falcons direction we still only lost by 3 on the road.
PS: If Life Alert doesn't start ramping up their advertising during Packer's games it is a major miscalculation.