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07 Feb 2009
Direct from Hawaii, by way of South Jersey, here it is: The Football Outsiders Pro Bowl Live Blog.
Pro Bowl Blog and End-of-Year Blowout
Posted by: Mike Tanier on 07 Feb 2009
23 comments, Last at
10 Feb 2009, 2:03pm by
If one gambles on the Pro-Bowl, does that mean that he really, really has a problem?
Stupid question? Is this where we go to read the live blog? Or do we need to sign up or something at coveritlive? Or?
A) Mike Tanier made a shrewd choice to find a palatable way of paying off this bet
B) Bill Barnwell is a VERY generous man, for allowing Mike to avoid the sheer atrocity of attempting to *actually* liveblog the (non)events of the Pro Bowl.
I believe, all you have to do is to show up here at 4 pm, punch in a screenname, and you're good to go...
Betting on the Pro Bowl is like betting on the Super Bowl coin toss.
I love the intro: "so he lost a bet, and here we are!".
Fitzgerald is a pro bowler, right?
-- Go Phins!
It will be fun to watch the Pro Bowl because...uh...damn, I don't know how to finish that sentence.
this bet was the reggie bush one right?
the coin toss has more significance than the super bowl. damn, i can't even type the name of this game it's so inconsequential, but you know what i mean. i'm sure it's fun for the players and all, but it's not anything like an allstar game.
funny thing is, because of this bet and this blog i have already thought more about this game than ever before. thanks mike and bill, and all at football outsiders, for sucking me deeper into football than i ever thought possible.
and while i'm thanking fo, i think this site deserves some credit for my back-to-back fantasy football championships. it gives me just enough information to win when it counts.
Tanier needs to man up and live blog the pregame show too.
And gambling on the Pro Bowl or coin toss doesn't necessarily mean you have a problem. Gambling on the coin toss of the pro bowl though ... I have issues ...
The officiating is going to suck.
Just for the record, I am pretty sure that person who posted back there is not my wife. And yes, come here for the Live Blog. I think.
One hour till we start. Better stock the fridge.
Mike, I hope you haven't married someone else behind my back. Even if you have, you're still my husband and I'm still your wife.
I, for one, salute your taste in beer, even if your taste in running backs is abyssmal.
I should add some points here:
- My bet on the AFC +1.5 did not come through. Damn you, Jay Cutler.
- I only watched the last three minutes of this game out of the corner of my eye, but it sure was cool to see Larry Fitzgerald freeze Nnamdi Asomugha with a hitch-and-go. Of course, it wasn't so cool to see Eli Manning overthrow it by two yards.
- I'm perfectly happy to take a longer-term view of players, and I think that Bush'll get better, but there's no sign of it happening anytime soon. The idea that he'd have 125 receptions is entirely plausible, since that's the thing that Bush is good at.
- I am not sure how I would "grow a beer". I do suspect that Mike was inebriated long before this blog ever began.
The only thing more pathetic than participating in a live Pro Bowl blog, is reading the whole thing after the fact...and cursing your internet company for the technical problems that prevented your participation.
Sigh, I need help.
I think that cursing that I missed the live Pro Bowl blog because now less people will know that I could speak definitively on the Madden/Aviophobia issue having read Madden's autobiography, "Hey Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!" close to a dozen times is considerably more pathetic.
Julius Peppers wants to play in a 3-4.
"The NFC is 2.5 point favorites. Maybe thats because Reid has so much experience coaching teams in the Pro Bowl."
I hate you.
Madden is claustrophobic and it's easier to stop a bus and go for a walk than it would be if he were on a plane. I read that the claustrophobia is based on the fact that a plane he was supposed to be on with several people from his Alma Mater crashed and they died.
I would agree the humble silent hard worker does not make a leader in the locker room, but at the same time the person does not need to be THAT vocal or that extroverted to make it work. A disgusted look here a comment there, some helpful encouragement etc.
People usually do look up to and respect the guys who bust their balls 24/7 and it only takes a bit of common sense from them to turn this into a leadership position. Highly introverted guys never make that step, but I think the most important things are talent and hard work (especially in the weight/film/practice room.) No one gets credit for busting balls on game day, 95% of people do that.
As this Packer season progressed and it looked like they were lacking some leadership, many people blamed it on the loss of a certain flamboyant gunslinger. In truth, they were missing the quiet leadership of long snapper Rob Davis. Yes, I said long snapper. Word from McGinn and Bedard over at JSOnline is that Davis was the guy that people stopped talking to listen to. He didn't say much, but he was well respected enough that a comment here and a nudge there was enough.
What, Pro Bowl Quick Reads hasn't been posted yet? Jeez, you guys just get lazier and lazier every year...
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