Futbol Americano

Futbol Americano

Some things are different south of the equator. The moon is to the north, games are broadcast in Spanish, and the Seahawks beat the Saints in the wild card round.

Many people watch movies to learn a new language. I watch football. The Spanish language announcers seem better than the regular English ones (best I could tell, I understood so little of what they were saying) because they are interested in the game of football being played in front of them, including the offensive line. American announcers generally ignore the line play due to stupid cultural stereotypes that other cultures are unaware of. English announcers tend to be ex-players who played when the league was different and they seem to have a certain contempt for the new NFL. They are interested in discussing anything but the game.

If there is a formula to winning the Super Bowl, it’s the one being used by the Saints and the Colts–focus on a strong offense (research done at footballoutsiders.com shows that good offenses can play consistently from year-to-year, but good defenses tend to vary) and then hope that one year your defense catches lightening in a bottle (or as the Colts showed you just need your defense to catch fire for three games). Of course, both the Colts and Saints lost this Saturday, but the formula doesn’t work every year. But it might work once, which is great.

The Colts won’t win another Super Bowl with Jim Caldwell as their coach, as long as Peyton Manning keeps buying into his hyper-conservative style. The first 55 minutes of the Jets/Colts game was about as you would expect–Revis shut down Reggie Wayne, but Pierre Garcon and Blair White beat everybody else–but the outcome was decided in the last 5 minutes.  The Colts faced a 3rd and 7 down 14-10, and Manning audibled into a run. They gained 2 yards and kicked a field goal–14-13. The Colts did get the ball back, but they pussied around with runs again and settled for a field goal (which was probably Caldwell’s plan in the first place, a touchdown being too risky for him). They left 53 seconds on the clock which the Jets used marvelously. I laughed when Antonio Cromarte was the hero thanks to his 43 yard kickoff return. If he would have covered Garcon earlier in the game, the Jets would have been winning in the first place!

In the end the Colts lost due to failures by all three units–offense, defense, and special teams. The D and special teams just played poorly, but the offense was coached poorly, and in a 17-16 game, that was all the difference the Jets needed.

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Warren is Redskins fan living in Bronco country. He’s co-founder of the Team Tomorrow ski and snowboard team, and a guy at the bar last Sunday told him, “you know a lot about football for a weirdo.” His favorite conversation about football happened sitting inside a giant volcano at Colorado's regional Burning Man high on LSD.
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