Packers Periscope: Week 9 Bye
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|Photo by Tom Lynn, Associated Press|
|Photo by Jim Matthews, Green Bay Press-Gazette|
|Julius Peppers, in his old uniform|
|Taken in the Fourth Quarter of Sunday's Game|
I hate the Seahawks. Pete Carroll is annoying. I’m sick of hearing about how loud their stupid stadium is. Russel Wilson is a terrible actor in bad commercials. Half the team is jacked up on PEDs. I can never figure out what Richard Sherman is yelling about.
I hope the Packers beat the Seahawks on Thursday by 12 touchdowns. Then I hope they build a giant bonfire at midfield, burn every last piece footage from the Fail Mary, and dance around the flames singing “Bang the Drum all Day” until dawn.Despite all that, I think it is more likely than not that the Packers will lose to Seattle and start off the season on a sour note. But we only have three more days to wait to find out.
|TV Screen Capture of Jim Harbaugh from a Few Weeks Ago|
"Yes, it’s unfair that a team like the 12-4 49ers must venture to Green Bay for Ice Bowl II when the Packers cobbled together a measly 8-7-1 record en route to the NFC North crown.
It’s as unfair as it is for the 11-5 Saints to have to travel to play the 10-6 Eagles on Saturday night. And it’s as unfair as it was when the 2010 Saints, also 11-5, had to travel to Seattle to play the 7-9 Seahawks. And it’s as unfair as when the 2011 Steelers, at 12-4, had to leave safety Ryan Clark home (due to a medical inability to play at altitude) for a playoffs game at Denver against the 8-8 Broncos."On the cold weather front (pun intended), I came across an NBC Sports article about the cold weather games this weekend. Some of the fan comments are priceless:
"What if some player were to be hospitalized for pneumonia and or die? Would NFL do anything? I mean if a fan in the stands is hospitalized or dead who cares, NFL wouldn’t. Sorry brutal weather makes me think of brutal things." [This one was from an apparent 49ers fan, "16x8equal49ers"]
"No freaking chance I would go to that game at Lambeau. No chance."
"Classic example of why all NFL teams should have dome stadiums and all NFL games should be played indoors."
"This is so stupid. Grown ass men feel the need to be tough by playing a game in weather they have no business being outside during."
"Build a retractable roof dome for arctic weather. Or does someone need to have a frost-bitten finger snap off mid-game before the NFL does anything about it?"
"Retractable roof seems like the smart thing to do for both the players and the fans. Who wants to pay a fortune to freeze their butt off? Wouldn’t want to take my kid or my gramp to a game in that kind of weather. Get real NFL."
"This is NOT football weather. This is IDIOT weather."I also read a Live Chat from this morning in one of the local Bay Area papers, which contained this "question" and response:
"I have no feel for this game. Playing in this kind of weather is just stupid. If the NFL were really concerned about player safety they would have moved the game to a warmer venue. Then you have to ask your self WHY does any East Coast team play in an open stadium?"
"If you think this is stupid, what about putting the neutral-site Super Bowl inAnd another NBC Sports article (what is it with NBC?) frets about the fact that the NFL has not set a temperature below which it is unsafe to play:
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"It’s a bit surprising that the league hasn’t worked with experts to identify a temperature at which it automatically becomes unsafe to be outdoors for extended periods of time. That’s likely because the league has never had to do it.
After Sunday’s game at Green Bay, the NFL may have to do it."But the greatest one I have seen so far brings together both of these themes, the playoff seeding issue and the cold weather:
"The NFL rewards division winners more than it does overall win-loss records when it comes to the postseason, which is why Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers are being punished by having to go on the road to face the Green Bay Packers in what could be almost inhumane, Hoth-like conditions."Harbaugh and the 49ers are being punished? The conditions are almost inhumane? Hoth-like (OK, I admit I had to look that one up)?
|Contra Costa Times Sports Section, Dec. 30, 2013|
|San Francisco Chronicle Sports Section, Dec. 30, 2013|
|Cover Photo from Monday's Green Bay Press-Gazette|