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It's possible to be both a grammar scold (part of my M-F job) and a football fan (after hours), of course.
Personally, I'll defend the word "whom" for all it's worth, but the rule about ending sentences with prepositions should be flushed down the toilet. Especially in cases (like this one) where the preposition is part of a set phrase that pretty much makes it functionally part of the verb. (That is, we're not engaged in "rooting" (which would make Australians giggle), but in "rooting for.") So I'd go with "Whom to root for."
1 month ago on Who to Root For: Week 10
The refs get an F, of course.
1 month, 1 week ago on Week 9 Report Card: Colts at Texans
@chip_bennett Of course, the problem with "value" is that it's subjective. Mind-blowing stats, on the other hand, are hard to argue with. But in the case you mention, there were both. Would the Vikings have made the playoffs last year without AP? Surely not...and that counts as value: the difference between a successful season for the Vikes and an unsuccessful one. When you couple that with those stats--the whole thing seems hard to argue, as far as I can see.
The MVP shouldn't HAVE to come from a championship-caliber team to count as being valuable.
As for the Colts' receiving corps: one thing the Reggie Wayne injury shows is that you can never have enough wideouts.
1 month, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Texans
@mattshedd @matt_has During his rookie year, AL suffered a frightening number of sacks/hits. If he's the quarterback of the next decade, we needed to make sure he actually lasts that long. I truly think that the hyper-conservative power-run BS was imposed as a way of trying to protect him, nothing more or less. So from the Colts' brain trust's point of view, it almost doesn't matter if it gains yards or not. It cuts QB hits. (I'm NOT saying I think this is a good plan, of course.)
1 month, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9
For the record, you do not have to be all that old to remember Casey Kasem. (I hope not, anyway.) However, you also do not have to be all that old to have outgrown "American Top 40." Honestly, I had no use for it after the age of 14 or so.
@smonroe @DougEngland Of course, if it were 29 or up, we'd be in the conference finals (or better), and people by then would actually be pretending that Richardson was part of what got us there.
2 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers
@AJ_ @mrpenney Believe it or not, yes--there are several, including a couple bars that I enjoy hanging out in. The Packers are sort of the antisocial alternative to the Bears, so we have far more Packers fans than you'd think.
On the other hand, when Yelp lists Packers bars, one of the hits on the first page is Crew, which must be some sort of sick joke (Crew is one of the city's two gay sports bars--not a bar for gay sports, but a gay bar for sports fans; it has awesome food, incidentally).
@smonroe Hope not. Because Duckie is Jon Cryer. Which means that he had to spend the second half of his career as the front-row spectator to the implosion of Charlie Sheen. We wouldn't wish that on our Andrew, now, would we.
@chip_bennett"P.S. the best thing about this game: I'll actually get to *watch* it."
Yeah, here in Chicago the Colts' early-Sunday starts are pretty much always blacked out by the Bears. (Except when the Bears are on in the evening or are on bye. But this year, the Bears and Colts are on bye the same week, so that's one less yet again.) The only option is to go to that one Colts bar in Wrigleyville--which is always mobbed during the games. And I've reached the age where spending three hours drinking in a crowded bar doesn't sound like a great idea. (Clearly, there's a market for more than one Colts bar. I wonder why that hasn't happened yet. The city supports multiple Packers bars, Steelers bars, and even Lions bars. Lions bars! That's a contradiction in terms, isn't it? Anyway, I'm digressing horribly.)
Yes, I'll be watching. And expecting a win over the NFL's most douchebag quarterback.
@Bobman1 @mrpenney For two evenly matched teams (or two teams where no one knows anything), the home team is always favored by a field goal. So a line of Indy -2 means that Vegas actually thinks that on a neutral field we'd be favored by 5.
2 months ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts upset the Seahawks
Am I the only one who thinks that the Chargers might represent a potential letdown game? They're not a GREAT team, but on the other hand they don't suck. And Rivers can still air it out. They're Jeckyll-and-Hyde-ish, and with them playing at home and desperately in need of a win, I worry that Mr. Hyde will show up. Meanwhile, the Colts are facing them on the week in between the two biggest games of the year....
So wait--you put "good" and "Brunell" in the same sentence?
2 months ago on AFC South State of the Division - Week 5
@Bobman1 Also, just for fun, Mercedes is supposed to be a woman's name. It's one of those ways of naming your child Mary without actually naming her Mary. Santa Maria de Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercies, or something like that).
I love the word nimrod. But there's always something to complain about, even during a huge win.
If we beat the Broncos, then and only then are you allowed to change the name of this column.
2 months ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Seahawks
Looking forward to the Seattle game. I agree it's fishy that everyone has anointed them as the best team in the league, and that we have a better chance than many give us credit for. Sure, they're 4-0, but look at the 4 games. They crushed Jacksonville--but so has everyone else, including the Colts. They crushed the Niners--but so did the Colts. They beat Carolina--a less than overwhelming team--by the unimpressive score of 12-7. And they beat the Texans--but needed a gift-wrapped comeback and overtime to do it. Tell me again, what's so fearsome about the Seahawks?
2 months, 1 week ago on Good News Tuesday Infographic: Colts blast the Jaguars
As the Cleveland Browns are proving right now, even incompetence isn't forever.
2 months, 1 week ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts at Jaguars
@Music Man They should have helpfully printed "Go Jags" upside down on the bags, with dotted lines where the eye holes should go.
I love the fact that you took the metaphor in #2 and ran with it. (Sort of like Richardson and the football, one will hope).
As for point 4, I have confidence that eventually they'll turn Luck loose. "Eventually" may mean "not until next year, when they finish patching up the O-line." But eventually. They'd better.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars
@Goéland @DougEngland It must be fun to be Irsay, since he needs no jester. The jesters in his head provide all the entertainment any bajillionaire NFL owner could need.
3 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Dolphins
"Fans clamor for more in-game adjustments, which Gary Kubiak seems almost loathe to do." Pet peeve. Loathe is a verb (meaning hate deeply; despise); the adjective meaning "reluctant" is "loath" without the e. Thus, you are <em>loath</em> to do something you <em>loathe.</em>
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Behind Enemy Lines: Chatting With Texans Blogger Claire Mullins (Part 2)