Semi-Instant Balls Thoughts – Divisional Day One

Well,  those were two games,  weren’t they?

So far,  this tourney has gone straight chalk.  Not one upset to be had and not one game within ten points.

Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do?

The funny part is that both Saturday games were close at the half, teasing us with the promise of actual entertaining second half football.  Alas, the Falcons’ tendency to play well at home (as well as Seattle’s tendency to play like shit on the road) took them over the top and the clock struck midnight on the pumpkins that were the Houston Texans.

Just as real as the
Just as real as the “Texans”

I do not expect the Falcons to do much going forward. I still do not think they are a good team.  They beat a flawed Seahawks team that had struggled all season to get into some kind of rhythm and was never able to get it. Where is your God now, Russell Wilson?!?  I happen to know, but I’ll get to that later…

Yes, the Falcons have offensive weapons, but their defense is suspect.  I don’t think they match up well against either team still alive in the NFC.

If you think I’m going to talk nice about the Pats, you really don’t know me.

So now we are left with the Cowboys hosting the Jordy Nelson-less Packers and the Steelers visiting the Andy Reid BBQ All-stars.  You can call me a homer all you want, but I honestly think the Steelers are the best hope we have for a lower seed/road team to win a game.

The Packers would be a much more dangerous opponent for the Cowboys if 1) they were at home and 2) they had Jordy Nelson.  The Packers’ D is not that good and the O won’t be able to keep up with DAK, Zeke, Dez, and Witten.  The only question will be if the Cowboys can cover and I think they will.

In the evening game, switched from the day because of the weather, the Chiefs host a rematch of the game won by Pittsburgh handily at home.  I have a feeling that it will be a repeat of the Houston-Patriots game.  Close for a half and then the Steelers pull away. Of course, I can’t be unbiased here, so someone else tell me if I’m wrong.

FWIW, I went to Mass on Saturday night (thus missing most of Patriots-Texans.  Yes, I know, I’m not stupid) like the good Catholic boy I am (shut up) instead of Sunday so I could watch the night game.  Now, I’ve determined that my beautiful Mexican God only grants prayers related to sex, so that is why Brady made it through his game roughed up but in good shape.  This is also why my Steelers may lose today.

On the bright side, I’m looking forward to the blowjobs this month! Thanks!

Yes, that’s a finger gun!  Also, go fuck yourself, Russell Wilson!
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Fronkenshteen

Back to work in a couple hours. No football for me. Maybe 2nd half Pitt/KC if it dies. But MLK Day tomorrow, so most likely I’ll be in deep weeds all night. Roasting bones for beef stock. (Homemade beef/veggie soup – IT REALLY MOVES THE MAIL) Does anyone know WHY you have to smear tomato paste on the bones when you add the vegetables?

laserguru

That goes back to caramelization. It helps to deepen the browning of the bones and also imparts a little acidic burst.

A great idea! Plus the tomato paste will act as a thickening agent when you make the soup.

blaxabbath

I have never made my own stock. I want to and am sure it is better than store-bought — I just have this nagging fear that I’ll somehow mess it up and end up like poisoning myself.

laserguru

Nah it’s easy enough. Start with chicken stock and work up to it from there. I’ve seen people fill an ice cube tray with stock so they have small measured units of it.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

“IT PROVIDES A SIMULATION OF BLOOD AND OTHER VISCERA WHICH HELPS TO CALM THE ELECTRIC LUST WHEN I AM TRYING TO FOCUS ON COOKING.”

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Low Commander of the Super Soldiers

“…PEOPLE.”

Fixed that for you.

blaxabbath

Yuppie Coffee Shop Thought: I’d wear a safety pin if that’s all it takes to get an in with these chicks.

King Hippo

my kid wanted to go shopping at the hippie grocery, and I needed some juicing supplies (SHUDDUP) so I missed the late fixture. But a late draw that leaves the Redshite feeling like they should have had all three and broken a now-12 match winless streak against Manure is probably the best possible outcome FOAR a hater like me.

Shogun Marcus

Million mile-an-hour intense Spanish, my already limited comprehension taxed past limit. It’s building, getting even faster and more passionate. Where could it be leading? Oh. MY…it’s coming…!
“At Walgreen’s.”
/yeah I was at the laundromat this morning, so?
//explains why I need to light up every time I see their signs

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

I’m surprised this ad doesn’t make veiled references about how after “your wife” dings up your car, she made things even worse by “walking into a doorway”, what with being such a kooky klutz.

Horatio Cornblower

“Women. What a bunch of cunts amirite? Anyway, buy a Volkwagen.”

King Hippo

Perhaps Mexican God DID answer Balls’ prayers, but his answer was “es verdad, pero levantanse anyhoo”

Or something like that, my vintage high school espanol es muy mal.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
Unsurprised
Unsurprised

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Nope. I’m going to do anything else today. Later, taters.

WCS

Four more hours to wait?

laserguru

I expect both home teams to hold serve again today.
It’s not been the most compelling playoff ever has it?

I’ve got NE beating the ATL for the most boring Superb Owl ever.

And I’ll be waiting for the start of Aussie Rules Football for relief.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

Do you know where those finger guns have been?

litre_cola

I am surprised Balls hasn’t exploded from the win over City.

Woke up Mrs Cola and asked whether she would like to go for breakfast, but it had to be at 9 sharp at the pub.

She just looked at me and said who is playing and yes I love brunch so I really don’t care.

King Hippo

it’s ME who’s the Everton nutter. WOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

litre_cola

Fuck, I knew it as so as I posted it.

King Hippo

I mean, 4-nil to THE GOOD, 18-year old Scouse midfielder Tom Davies gets his first Prem goal, then new signing Ademola “The Tooth” Lookman comes on for a 5 minute cameo at the end and fucking scores on his very first touch!!!!!

/plus all teh sad face Pep money can buy!!!

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem

Who did he cum on?

laserguru

Holy crap that was a beat down. Congrats on that.

blaxabbath

I saw that Brady actually threw a block on a reverse.

Forever fuck the Jets (I think it was the Jets) for not killing him when Brady faux-led block in December. Fuck Tom Brady and Fuck the NFL, where only guys I like suffer serious injury.

Horatio Cornblower

Just saw my first replay of the day of Dez Bryant’s “catch”.

I will set the over/under on additional such replays at 37.

monty this seems strange to me

What about compared to scenes of being able to see people’s breath in 1967?

Horatio Cornblower

Vegas is refusing to set that line as it would involve irrational numbers.

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem

Ovee

JustStopDude
JustStopDude

I neglected to share the saddest thing I saw last night at the monster truck show.

The Civic Center is tiny. Pretty much its just big enough to have small rodeos, tiny monster truck racing events (seriously, they could only fit 5 trucks), cat shows…I think it seats less than 7000 people.

Alice Cooper will be appearing there in a few months. I have to wonder why he doesn’t just retire already rather than keep touring to do these tiny shows.

Also, to see the inside of the center, just watch rodeo scene in “Borat”…that was filmed at the Salem Civic Center.

blaxabbath

“tiny monster truck racing”

So….. ghoul truck racing?

blaxabbath

I think Cooper just loves attention. He does car dealership commercials (with his diamond eye makeup) and placements. I don’t know if he HAS to do small shows in support of his radio show or maybe he’s just waiting for hipsters to get into shock rock so he can milk them. Either way — yeah, it’s always sad to see some of the greats age out.

BrettFavresColonoscopy

If you lived in Scottsdale, you’d look for any excuse to get out of town once in a while, too.

Oh, wait…

Don T

It’s his vocation / profession / source of income. I’d be all DA FUCK U CARE if someone told me I was “milking it” ’cause of working beyond 60.

Don T

Falcons can win it all. That was a business-like drubbing to a team with zero quit. I would like ATL to go all the way, to spite “fans” who moan about them not being a “name” that draws ratings. Get “fucked”; Falcs have been a consistently great watch all season. Go watch a Celtics game, Rovells.
My old man ass barely made it through the 1st half of HOU@NE. After an inadvertent long nap I saw it was 13-14 by halftime. That convinced me any outcome would disgust me, so I went to bed gladly.
Both of today’s games should be great. GB and PIT seem more than capable to erase two-score deficits late. I will go to my cousin’s for the first. She’s a Cowboys fan and, per custom, we’ll be having roast pork, root vegetables, and pizza. I’ll need to score an Adderall just to make it to the PIT@KC kickoff.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

I just rewatched the Raiders-Falcons game from Week 2. It was a really good game!

Enrico Pallazzo

You’re wrong. I told the Falcons that last night means nothing if they don’t also beat the Cowboys or Packers. They agreed and said that they would rid us of whatever scum they face.

monty this seems strange to me

Goddammit Balls, I had convinced myself that Green Bay would be up to the task today, and now you’ve reminded me why it will be another shitshow playoff game. I hope those beejes are worth it to you.

King Hippo

teams that I have pulled for are 1-5, when GB capitulates that will make it 1-6.

King Hippo

perhaps God is a Jesuit after all, and favoured the Boston College emissariat?

That prolly ain’t really no word, but I typed it anyhow, wanna fight about it??

I expected the same from the SeaTruthers, despite having zero logical foundation. Old habits die hard. Methinks when their one legit non-plumber-off-the-street OL when down in Q1, that was the last of the house of cards.

Don’t forget, Morgan Schneiderlain (spelled horribly wrong, surely) makes his debut off the bench for Everton, likely after already down 3-nil to City. 8:30 EST, MSNBC.