And they're off! Week 5 in the NFL.
11:31 - Apparently, there's some player that's going up against his former team this week. Hadn't noticed that one. (This blog is going to refrain from adding to the media circus, so there will not be any Eagles-Cowboys mentions after this one).
12:09 - Yes! I mean no! Marc Bulger to Torry Holt touchdown pass just helped this blog's fantasy league team score a bunch, unfortunately it was against the Packers. QBs and WRs against the Packers are so "money" that the FDIC insured them.
12:16 - Koren Robinson back to receive kicks. Apparently Ted Thompson worked out a deal where he was able to come in on work release.
12:18 - This would be a good time to mention that this blog was in Google's top-5 when searching for "Ahmad Carroll turd" last week. Now that he's been released, Pun City got bumped down a notch or two, but this blog thinks it's safe to feel vindicated on that one.
12:21 - Besides Packers-Rams on Fox, CBS is showing Bears-Bills right now. This blog realizes that the Bears are theoretically the best team in the league these days, and also are in the Packers' division, but it doesn't make their games any less boring. Could be worse though, could have Lions-Vikings (Yes, this site knows they wouldn't be on CBS, but the point holds).
12:26 - Vince Young just scored his first NFL touchdown, running through the Colts defense. That's kinda cool. He kinda had a touchdown dance that would make JJ Jumper
proud to punctuate it.
12:30 - Noah Herron scores and the Pack ties it up 7-7. This is good because the Packers are doing well and making the Rams keep passing.
12:38 - In talking with frequent Pun City contributor Dank, it appears as though Columbus, Ohio has the Browns-Panthers and Giants-Redskins games on his screen. So apparently it could easily be worse.
12:39 - Narrowly beat a fellow tenant to the open laundry machine, this was clutch in that it will end up saving Pun City an hour later today. This blog feels like the Tom Brady of laundry.
12:45 - Dave Rayner Field Goal makes it 10-7 Packers. Good, good. Waiting for the inevitable collapse though.
12:55 - Charles Woodson returns a punt. The guy is always on his back wounded after every defensive series, but he somehow can still return punts. This blog thinks that he's just embarrased to be associated with that defense. They held that time though, so if the offense can sneak it into the end zone, they'll be set up pretty nicely.
12:58 - Not sure if you're all aware of the wager this blog has with its co-workers, but the basics are that this blog and the other two prognosticators each picked whether the Packers would win or lose each game individually (before the season). The loser ends up having to eat a mystery food out of the "wheel of death" vending machine upstairs. This blog (seemingly foolishly) picked the Packers to win this one. This blog was the only one of the 3 to pick this. Being down 3-2 and up 2-1 vs. the other 2 opponents makes this a huge game.
12:59 - Favre just made a "Favre play" and it actually worked. Scrambling right, he made a tackler miss and floated it to the receiver. For the first time in probably 3 years, the "receiver" didn't end up being on the opposing team. This was nice to see.
1:05 - Fox's announcers today are Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert. These guys are pretty average, but they seem like the greatest announcers of all-time compared to the scrubs that have been doing Packer games this year. If neither Ron Pitts nor Sam Rosen are at the game, it proves to be a much more enjoyable experience.
1:37 - Packers tacked on a field goal before the half to pull within 14-13. This isn't great in that the Packers tend to blow first half leads, and they aren't even up this time, but theoretically it's possible to get another field goal. The team does seem less depressed now that they know Ahmad Carroll can't blow this for them. A new goat will rise.....
1:41 - Jillian Barberie's returning to the Fox Studio show next week. That's a plus. Roy Williams left the Lions game with a stinger. That's a minus.
1:55 - Packer games this season are virtually indistinguishable from halftime.
2:00 - This is the obligatory Tecmo Super Bowl comment of the day. This blog just started its season with the Raiders (and Tecmo Bo). Through 3 games, the Raiders have outscored their opponents 188-28. This is approximately the inverse of the 2006 real-life Raiders.
2:15 - A Jeff Wilkins field goal puts the Rams up 17-13. Because this means the Packers need to score either a touchdown or 2 field goals, this blog is pretty much thinking the game's over. Hopefully they'll surprise, but this blog knows these Packers pretty well. "Spectacular defeat" is the phrase that comes to mind.
2:19 - An ugly Packers possession ends with a dodgeball-esque throw to Bubba Franks. He paws at it like an extra from Benchwarmers and both the ball and Franks fall to the turf. If Bubba Franks ever appeared on the game show "The Running Man," he'd probably set a record for quickest death.
2:25 - Doof. Al Harris drops an interception that probably would have gone the other direction for 6. While there is some consolation in that this blog's fantasy league team isn't losing points, it's more imperative that the Packers get a win here.
2:34 - After going down 20-13, Favre's firing-range throw ends the Packers' possession. The apes from Congo also appear to have made a comeback on a new Jeep Wrangler commercial. Seems like Jeep found the lost city of Zenj.
2:45 - The Rams score a FG to go up 23-13. Especially surprising is that the Packers were able to keep them out of the end zone. In Packer training camp, tackling dummies averaged 5.3 yards per carry.
2:50 - Greg Jennings TD from Favre. Packers within 23-20. Not bad at all. He even did a reasonable Lambeau Leap complete with fist pumps. Reminds this blog of high-fiving a giant Little Caesar's Crazy Bread mascot and then saluting it with a fist pump. 720 calories of goodness.
3:11 - A lightning-fast possession for each team (pretty pathetic on the Rams' part) and the Packers got the ball back. After a favorable (but questionable) spot on 3rd Down, they're on the move with 1:25 left in the game. Seeming strangely competant also, which rules.
3:13 - Packers still driving. Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett looking disappointed with his job security. 1:00 remains.
3:15 - First and 10 at the 11. Favre spikes it with 0:44 left. This is awesome, they've got a shot or 2 at the end zone and a definite field goal.
3:16 - As Admiral Graham said in Down Periscope: "I don't believe it, I don't god-damn believe it!" Favre fumbles. Rams recover. Game over. "Spectacular defeat" definitely applicable. Rams 23-20. The state of Wisconsin doesn't want to talk about it. Ugh, Dallas-Philadelphia just came on to make it worse. This blog is so taking a nap.