Roundtable: The NFL Season Has Begun, Who's Got Game?
Greetings football fans and spontaneous clickers alike to yet another round of the Unboxed Thoughts Roundtable. I know what you're thinking: Sure, there are those that might argue that baseball is the American pastime, and I do love myself a great game of stick ball, but let's be honest here. Football is the bread and butter of the American sports world. That brings us to our topic...
Despite early fears of lockout preventing the current season, the NFL has had its first games. Which team(s) are you rooting for, and who has the best chances of going all the way to win themselves the elusive Lombardi Trophy?
For the record, I'm a Giants fan. This is a legacy passed down from my father, who enjoys incessantly yelling at the television every week as the Giants disappoint him time and time again. I have come to expect the stale play-calling, but do enjoy watching the occasional miracle plays (that occur far too rarely). But hey, it could be worse. I could be a Jets, Eagles or Packers fan. Ooooh snap, did Aaron just go there? Oh he did. Read on, sports fans, to see just how sassy the previous word-smithed sentences were.
Who's got the best football team?
The coaching is abysmal. Tom Coughlin preaches discipline and every year the Giants make too many stupid penalties and mental mistakes. They have two quality running backs to work with, yet they insist on passing the ball like crazy. The coaches don’t play to their player’s strengths and the players all seem like they want to leave. I think the players have tuned the coaching staff out.
The NFC East is a tough division. Despite recent injures the Cowboys are more talented. The Redskins are better coached and have already beaten the Giants. And the Eagles despite all their problems have more talent and are better coached. When the smoke clears I think the G-Men are an 8-8 team, and Coughlin is a goner. It’s about time. This is a team in desperate need of new leadership and fresh ideas.
So who do I see going all the way? Unless someone besides the NY Jets beats New England this year I think the Patriots make it back to the Super Bowl. The Saints are also a very dangerous team, but I think the Green Bay Packers (if they can stay relatively healthy) are still the team to beat." ~Rob (@RobBabecki)
Green Bay – 13 Titles: 4 Super Bowl Wins and 9 Championships
New York Giants – 7 Titles: 3 Super Bowls and 4 Championships
Philadelphia – 3 Titles: 0 Super Bowls and 3 Championships
New York Jets – 1 Title: 1 Super Bowl and 0 Championships
With all due respect to my esteemed colleagues and their personal convictions/delusions regarding their respective teams, I firmly believe that the Philadelphia Eagles will emerge victorious upon the close of the season. Even at CJP, I am not alone in making this prediction; we actually boost a somewhat solid contingent of Philly fans among our NYC and Boston-homer ranks.
A more specific prediction—en route to this vanquishing of all that is evil and wrong with the world (namely, the Cowboys and the Steelers), expect to see the Eagles deliver another blow to the collective psyches of New York Football Giants fans, perhaps once again courtesy of DeSean Jackson's north-to-south (and east-to-west) running abilities.
In the AFC, the Jets actually look pretty good. And I’m not ashamed to say that. See, the Jets are actually quite similar to the Eagles. Each team is touted for their stifling defensive capabilities. They both wear green and white. And their primary cheers both involve spelling the name of their team. Thankfully for the collective IQ of Jets nation*, the name “Jets” only consists of one syllable, four letters, and zero blended sounds. Though even that isn't enough sometimes. And another key difference between the teams is that, brand-new stadiums notwithstanding, the Eagles are actually welcome in their own home.
In response to Mr. Zamba's rampant Green Bay Packer fandom: I have nothing. Yours is a respectable organization, and cheese also happens to be one of my favorite foods. Godspeed (until you reach the NFC Championship, of course).
With that, I wish all my compatriots good cheer and good football through the season." ~Jake (@jsd5020)
* "Jets nation" ranks somewhere in between the nations of Tuvalu and Nauru in terms of both size and relevance.
I need to commiserate with Rob. I feel his pain, angst and loathing. I'd say a lot of us do. Also, I need to lend some sympathy to Tom, as I expect he'll need it in a few months. Also, I expect Rex will find himself with a foot in his mouth. (Note: That last sentence has an implied double meaning, but only Rex will acknowledge which meaning he prefers. Awkwaaard. But I digress, for the game is afoot!) As for Jake and Dave, well... What do you think? And hey, why no Patriots fans? Not like I care, of course...