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  • Ohio Barbarian (1350 posts)
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    Super Bowl LI: Dallas vs. ????

    I’ve been watching NFL football since I was 3, and that was 55 years ago, so I like to think I know a little something about it. As it stands now, I think it likely that we are going to witness the return of the Dallas Cowboys to the big game, like it or not. In the NFC, there’s Dallas, and then there’s the rest of the conference.

    It would seem that Tony Romo going down was the best thing that’s happened to the Cowboys since they drafted Roger Staubach before his stint in the Navy. A very good young QB, a beast of a running back from Ohio State, one hell of an offensive line, and a competent defense have to make them the NFC favorite.

    The AFC is another story. It’s not replete with great teams this year, but it’s got a few very good ones. My thought is that their representative will be either New England or whatever team from the West that might be able to beat them, and there are three contenders there–the Raiders, the Chiefs, and the Broncos.

    Yes, Kansas City is in the catbird seat for now, with a 10-2 record and the tiebreaker over the Raiders because they handed Oakland their only two losses of the season. Both the Chiefs and the Raiders have to play Denver again, so the Broncos can still make the playoffs and upset the applecart for one or both of their division rivals. Denver still has a very good defense, and their offense is well-coached and showing signs of more life of late.

    I’m not making any predictions here, but it is quite possible that both AFC wild card teams will be from the West, and one of them will almost certainly play the division champ in a playoff game. And they all hate each other. Makes for great football, yes?

    New England can still do it; they still have that wonderful evil genius for a head coach and a very solid team. Not to mention one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game. I’m not a Patriots fan, but hey! Tom Brady is great. Period.

    I grew up a Cowboys fan in San Antonio, then moved to Denver. I went to Texas, so when Jerry Jones unceremoniously fired Tom Landry and replaced him with Barry Switzer…eeeew! Asking me to pull for a Switzer-coached team is like asking a Michigan fan of the same era to pull for a Woody Hayes-coached team. Besides, the Broncos were fun to watch, and I made friends with a season ticket holder and saw many live games at the old Mile High. Great stuff.

    I wasn’t surprised when the Broncos clobbered Carolina last year, but I realistically don’t expect them to repeat this year. In fact, they have already exceeded my expectations with a practically rookie quarterback. Dallas has blown them through the roof. And I’m glad, really! to see that the Raiders are back. Football’s just more fun when the silver-and-black is once again wreaking havoc in the league.

    So what do you think? Is it going to be Dallas vs. NE or the best of the West? Or am I full of shit? This is a sports forum, so I expect some fervent and irrational fans. I’m also curious to see what kind of sports fans are here.

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  • Enthusiast (6022 posts)
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    1. You covered it all. Well done.

    But I am expecting the unexpected. I can’t tell you what that is because it’s unexpected.

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    • Ohio Barbarian (1350 posts)
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      3. Heh! Well, that's why they play the games, is it not?

      Look at baseball this year. Nobody gave the Indians a chance, and they took it go Game 7 of the World Series.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."--Voltaire  
  • Depaysement (695 posts)
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    2. Chiefs are 10-3

    I hate Denver but don’t count them out yet.  Pats-Boys I hope.

    I wouldn’t rule out the Hawks, Lions or Falcons just yet.

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    • Ohio Barbarian (1350 posts)
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      4. Who are the Hawks? Oh, the Seahawks.

      Yeah, give ’em a few breaks and they could give the Cowboys a run for their money. They’re a good team. Lions? Remotely possible. Falcons? Well, Atlanta nearly always chokes. Gods, I hope they don’t go to the Super Bowl; they’d be blown out for sure.

      I’d like to see a good game.

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    • Ohio Barbarian (1350 posts)
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      5. My childhood fantasy was Raiders-Cowboys.

      John Madden vs. Tom Landry. Never happened.

      New England vs. Dallas? Very possible, at least a 25% chance. I think it would be entertaining at the very least.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."--Voltaire  
  • quinn (68 posts)
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    6. Yeah, I'll go with the Pats

    Well coached and sounds like practice isn’t taken to lightly.

  • Go Vols (94 posts)
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    7. Dallas got me back to good last nite

    straight bet,total and parlayed both.

     

    Bowl games killing me

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  • Ohio Barbarian (1350 posts)
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    8. After seeing the Packers today, I might be wrong.

    The “socialist” team, owned by the people of Green Bay, looked splendid. Aaron Rodgers is playing magnificently. There is no way I’ll miss the Packers vs. Cowboys a week from today, and if the Packers win, I certainly won’t be heartbroken.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."--Voltaire  
  • Mick Lady (174 posts)
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    9. Dallas-No Way!

    They won’t get past the Packers, or they better not!

    As a life long Giant fan, I’d be devastated! Plus, I’d have to put up with Jerry Jones, you know, Dallas’s coach/GM, oh and also the owner….

    What fresh hell is this?
    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      11. You have been proven correct!

      LOL!  redskin fan, cowboys hater.

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
      • Mick Lady (174 posts)
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        19. I know I'm supposed to hate you!

        But I love Kirk Cousins! Not popular with you ‘Skin fans, but there’s just something about him! “How you like that!”

        What fresh hell is this?
        • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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          22. I like that

          I like the cowboy’s  qb.  sensational for a rookie.

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • Satan (1301 posts)
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    10. If it's the Cowpies vs Brady & the Cheaters, I'm not even watching.

    That would be the shittiest Super Bowl ever.

    I’d like to see the Seahawks get in again, just because of all they have had to put up with this year… a ridiculous number of injuries, resulting in an offense that is rarely (if ever) the same guys it was the previous week (and a few key hits on the defense too, for that matter) and yet they still manage to win a majority of their games.

    I’d take either Houston or KC for the AFC side…. just because I’m tired of the Cheaters & the Stealers.

    Fuck Trump, and fuck anybody who defends him. He has proven himself to be a threat to all life on Earth.
    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      12. Well satan

      God punished you!  lol.

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
      • Satan (1301 posts)
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        13. Apparently so.

        You would think He could let a grudge go after 6,000 years, but I guess not.

        Fuck Trump, and fuck anybody who defends him. He has proven himself to be a threat to all life on Earth.
        • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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          15. Well

          He never promised you a rose garden.

          "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • Green Dog Dem (1430 posts)
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    14. So much for that brilliant plan!

    Green Bay took out the trash last night!! 

    Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      16. And got some spending cash

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
      • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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        17. What I like about green bay

        is that they don’t act fruity Tootie like the cowboys in their billion dollar stadium.

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
        • Green Dog Dem (1430 posts)
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          18. And they're publicly owned!

          The NFL no longer allows that. The Pack is grandfathered. That’s why they haven’t moved to some glitzy market. 

          Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
  • Rozinante (2309 posts)
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    20. Well, GB has to get past Atlanta, in Atlanta.

    Falcons have a bit more experience at QB than Dallas. More potent offense than Dallas. Prob not as good defense. Bet the over, it’ll be a shootout. Something like Falcons 38, Packers 35.

    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      21. They are showing a replay of this game now on direct tv channel 212 nfl football

      for those of us who can’t get enough!

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • Green Dog Dem (1430 posts)
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    23. I think I found a pic of the OP.

    Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).