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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Otis Taylor89 :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 8:33am

That is one record Raiderjoe wouldn't mind losing.

I know the 49ers have an impressive D, but they were in the Giants backfield all game Is the NYGs line that bad, is it the play calling that looked for down field routes?

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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Paul R :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 9:52am

I just learned that John Harbaugh was asked at the Ravens' postgame presser why he didn't use his last time out before Cundiff's kick. His reply: "That's something we'll have to look at."

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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Paul M (not verified) :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 11:37am

Half the country lives in the Northeast! Really??

Northeast defined as New England/New York/New Jersey-- the limits of the two fan bases, and of course New Jersey is split 70-30 with Eagle fans making up the 30, and New York is about 80-20 in terms of Buffalo/Upstate fans-- not to mention the fact that about 40% of the greater NYC market hate the Giants-- but anyway those states make up about 16% of the US population. 16% is not half, last time I checked. Throw in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and DC to round out the rest of the Northeast and you're up to a little less than a quarter.

Bottom line-- despite the ESPN and rest of East Coast media hype, this game won't come close to alst year's ratings and could easily be one of the lowest rated Super Bowls in history-- one or both of these two teams are hated in most of the rest of the country. Eli and Co. will win-- probably by more than a TD-- but the nation won't end up caring all that much.

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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Theo :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 3:32pm

If the media can come up with some better story than "will they get their revenge?" then it might pull in some more people, but this is one of the few times I'm not excited about a superbowl.
I find the Giants quite boring and just lucky instead of good when it matters. The Patriots are always good to watch, but their defense this year is not putting me on the edge on my seat.
I'll be happy to see this game in a bar, and I won't mind if I get distracted for a quarter.

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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Paul R :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 4:15pm

I don't know. I love Super Bowl Sunday no matter who is playing. It's like a national holiday in celebration of the greatest sport ever. I've always watched it ever since I was a little kid and I always will.

(First SB I remember was Cowboys/Dolphins. That was 5, wasn't it?)

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Re: Conference Championship Discussion
by Marko :: Mon, 01/23/2012 - 4:28pm

No. Cowboys/Dolphins was Super Bowl VI. Super Bowl V was Colts/Cowboys.

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