Walkthrough

A look at the upcoming week in the NFL, from the players on the field to the fans in the stands

We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike Tanier

With the 31st pick in the 2010 draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Javier Arenas, cornerback, Alabama.

The Colts' most persistent weakness struck again in the Super Bowl. It wasn't their inability or unwillingness to properly blitz. It wasn't the size of their defensive line. It had nothing to do with Peyton Manning.

The Colts' biggest weakness is their special teams. The Saints' onside kick got the most attention, but that was essentially a fluke play. It's not like the Colts are victimized for nine surprise onside kicks per year. The Colts have suffered from a week-in, week-out weakness in the return game for years. Since the Colts drafted Manning in 1998, they have ranked 20th or below in the Football Outsiders special teams ratings every single season except for 2003, when they ranked 14th.

The kickoff return units were the culprits in the Super Bowl. The Colts started their drives on their 24, 11, 30, and 14-yard lines in the second half, so it's not like they missed that onside kick because they were setting up some marvelous blocks. This year, Chad Simpson and others averaged 22.2 yards per return, 18th in the NFL.

Overall, the bigger problem is punt returns. T.J. Rushing and a few others averaged just 5.2 yards per return last year. Their longest return was 22 yards. Rushing averaged just 5.5 yards per return in the postseason. His lone Super Bowl return, in the first quarter, netted zero yards. The Colts drove 53 yards and settled for a field goal. You have to wonder if a 10-yard return would have led to a touchdown, which would have led to a different game.

The return game was also a problem in 2008, when the Colts ranked 28th in the league in kick returns and last in punt returns. They were 22nd in kick returns in 2007, and while they were sixth in punt returns that year, a 90-yard touchdown had a disproportionate effect on their average because they returned just 25 punts all season. Remove it, and their average drops from 11.2 to 7.9, which is still pretty good by the Colts standards. Rushing and others also call for a high number of fair catches, which don't appear in the return averages.

The Colts can live with weak return units because their offense is incredible. But imagine if they took back a few precious yards of field position. The average Colts drive in 2009 started on the 27.0-yard line, the third-worst field position in the league. (The Raiders and Titans wore worse). The league median is 29.5, two-and-a-half yards away. Give Peyton Manning 2.5 more yards, and short field goals become touchdowns, while punts from midfield become field goals.

In other words, if the Colts can keep everything else equal while quickly upgrading their return game, they will return to the Super Bowl next year, and probably win it.

That's where Javier Arenas comes in.

Arenas is a 5-foot-9, 195-pound cornerback who has been climbing draft boards after a week of solid Senior Bowl practices and an interception in the game itself. He can help the Colts as a nickel cornerback, but that's not why they should draft him. In four years as the Tide's punt returner, he averaged 10.6 yards per punt return, with seven touchdowns.

"His quickness is unbelievable," said Ian Rapoport, who covered Alabama football for years before joining the Boston Herald as a Patriots reporter. "He can be a special punt returner." If that 10.6-yard return average seems unimpressive, it's because Arenas rarely called for the fair catch as a freshman or sophomore. He called for just six fair catches in his first 58 returns, a sign that he mixed a lot of catch-and-crash no-gainers with his touchdowns. "The idea of fair-catching drives him crazy," Rapoport told me. Crazy or not, Arenas was more prudent in 2009, with 20 fair catches in 53 returns.

Arenas could face the same problems in Indianapolis that Rushing has dealt with: none of the blockers are very good, largely because the Colts salary structure is top-heavy and they cannot afford veteran special teams specialists. Their punt return unit features Kelvin Hayden and Tim Jennings blocking on the wings, with Mike Hart, Jamie Silver, Ramon Humbar and Aaron Francisco responsible for most of the interior blocking. I scouted the blockers during the playoffs and determined that Hayden is terrible, Hart is pretty good, and none of the rest are making an impact. The overall return unit won't change drastically in the offseason. A Colts punt returner must be able to make things happen on his own.

That's what Arenas can do. Rapoport noted that the blocking at Alabama wasn't very good. Arenas is powerfully built and often bounces off the first tackler, assuming he doesn't avoid him. "He can side-step, dodge the first guy, and be at full speed in about two steps."

Arenas can also contribute on defense. "He can start as a fifth defensive back now," Rapoport thinks. Arenas lacks size and deep speed, so he fits best as a nickel player in a team that gives cornerbacks a lot of deep support -- just like the Colts. Mix him in with Hayden and youngsters Jarroud Powers and Jacob Lacey, and the Colts will have the depth to overcome the injuries in the secondary that plagued them this year.

Granted, Arenas is a first-round reach. The Senior Bowl interception, plus another long return, got him some attention, but Rapoport believes Arenas will lose some momentum at the Combine. "He'll run well, but he's not going to run an elite time." Arenas is projected as a second- or third-round pick by most experts right now.

But the 31st pick in the draft is essentially a second-round pick. In that slot, the Colts aren't going to find a player at most positions who can help them now. They could draft a linebacker to make them slightly better, a tackle to make them slightly deeper. Or they can automatically turn one of their few minuses into a plus with a player who can turn those 65-yard field goal drives into 65-yard touchdown drives by adding seven or eight yards to the average punt.

As reaches go, that's not much of a reach.

Joining Forces for a Cause

(Last week, I got together with superstars from the NFL and the recording industry to record a song to help the Haiti relief efforts. The song will soon be available for download, but you can enjoy the lyrics and the star-studded roster right here on Walkthrough.)

TONY ROMO: There comes a time, when we must heed a certain call!

CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Put our differences aside for people in need.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Though I may be napalm, I still can do my part.

JOHN MAYER: This will make you forget my Internet screed!

CHAD OCHOCINCO: We ...

DARRELLE REVIS: Are the world! We are the Walkthrough! We are the ones who make a better day, so let's start giving!

ochoNFLcinco85@Twitter: Trapped on Revis Island and covered too closely to sing in fundraiser. Send Help!

johnCmayer@Twitter: I can help.

ochoNFLcinco85@Twitter: Anyone else?

johnCmayer@Twitter: Seriously, helping you will make people forget certain words I used recently.

ochoNFLcinco85@Twitter: Who are you again? Brady Quinn? One of those Naked Brothers?

JAKE DELHOMME: We are the ...

SHELDON BROWN: World!

JAKE DELHOMME: We are the ...

JARIUS BYRD: Walkthrough!

JAKE DELHOMME: I don't know why I can't sing a line without an ...

DARRELLE REVIS: Interception!

PEYTON MANNING: There's a choice I'm making. Audible! Quincy, change the song! "Sun City" on Three! "Sun City" on Three! Dallas, you sing Lou Reed's lines. Pierre, you are Miami Steve. What do you mean you don't know who Miami Steve is? How old are you? Oh yeah. Call it off! Inside Zone! Inside Zone!

JOSEPH ADDAI: We are the world. We are the Walkthrough. I am the one who cleans up all the mess when Peyton audibles.

KENDRA WILKINSON: There's a choice we're making. Hank, take the mic while I pole dance!

HANK BASKETT: We're ... Whoops!

CHRIS REIS: It's true I made a brighter day for you and me!

MATT SCHAUB: (Appearing because Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, and six other quarterbacks mysteriously came down with strep throat.) We are the World! We are the Walkthrough! We are the ones who give you something to watch besides the Pro Bowl!

ANDY REID: Ummm, I choose to start with the injuries. Ummm, Carlos Santana, broken guitar string. Kanye West, ruptured street cred. will.iam., torn a.c.l. Fergie, bruised LLL. Ummm, we're saving our own lives. It's true, we make a brighter day. The time is yours.

CHORUS: We are the World! We are the Walkthrough! We are the ones who recycle old gags when it's offseason!

ME: Here's the choice I'm making. If 100 different readers type "We are the Walkthrough!" in the comment thread, I will donate my check for this week's Walkthrough to the Haiti Relief Fund in the name of Football Outsiders. That way we can all do our part.

Return of the Deserters

The Walkthrough about Colts Deserters -- fans who raised a super-sized fuss when the team pulled its starters in Week 16 -- generated a lot of feedback, good and bad. Of course, I wrote that to stir the pot, and I expected some negative responses.

Many people disagreed with my ultimate premise: that fans who demanded refunds from the Colts or spent days decrying Bill Polian as a confidence man were guilty of a foul against fandom. Some argued that fans have a right to boo and be angry (I would never suggest otherwise) and that fans have a right to astronomical expectations for their team. There's no reason that a Colts fan, or any other fan, should be satisfied by a Super Bowl three years ago, or a string of 12-win seasons, or the promise of a possible Super Bowl to come. Fans have a right to expect and demand an undefeated season, or multiple Super Bowls. Fans shouldn't be ridiculed or given (imaginary) punishments for setting high expectations and expressing their anger when the team falls short.

Those arguments are correct. Ultimately, your fan experience is completely and totally yours. I can't tell you how to be a fan. It's a relationship that belongs to you and only to you.

Which is exactly why you should try to make it better. It's an obligation not to me, or your team, or your fellow fan, but yourself.

You have the power to decide what you will find satisfying or intolerable. The more things you find satisfying, the more satisfied you'll be. It's a pretty simple concept. It applies to everything: your career, your neighborhood, your marriage, and your fan experience.

If only a Super Bowl win will satisfy you, you will be dissatisfied, on average, by 96.875 percent of all your team's seasons. If that Super Bowl only brings you fleeting joy, you are in bad shape, because it may be the only one you will experience in your lifetime. If you can find the joy in other accomplishments -- a Super Bowl loss, a 13-3 season, an ordinary win on an ordinary Sunday -- then your fan experience will be much more rewarding. If you cannot, that's your prerogative.

Of course, no one wants to become a Stepford fan, appraising the team like a tee-ball parent. "Oh, they lost 31-7, but it's all about the spirit of healthy competition!" Those boos are a release, and they are as important a part of fandom as cheers. Trust the Philly fan: I have uncorked many a throaty boo, usually for the referees or the opponent, and have felt the cathartic giddiness that comes with finally being able to take out my frustrations in a way that's inappropriate at home or at work.

But again, this isn't about booing. This is about writing angry letters, about waiting on hold the day after the game to vent on talk radio, about harboring and expressing long-standing contempt for an owner/executive/coach/player who by most accounts is both successful and professional. Those acts aren't spontaneous or primal, like a bloodthirsty boo. They are the results of consideration and thought: it takes time to write a letter, and sports talk stations give you plenty of hold time to consider the tenor of your comments. Hostile calls and letters are the results of lingering anger, the kind that grows into sprawling negativity, the kind that can creep out of fandom and into other aspects of life. Lions fans, who have no other outlet for their frustrations, may have no choice but to revel in the negativity. Other fans of bottom-feeders are in the same boat. Most of us, though, have a choice whether to live win-to-win or loss-to-loss.

Of course, you are entitled to your anger, no matter what team you root for. It's your team, and it's your anger. I know enough fans whose entire relationship with their team is based upon dissatisfaction: the team doesn't pick the right free agents, doesn't draft well, doesn't win the big games, doesn't blow out bad teams convincingly enough, doesn't care about the common fan, and charges too much for hot dogs. Victories are greeted by nitpicking, losses by ridicule. These fans watch every game and know every player; they are as much fans as I am. If they were Colts fans, these guys might have used their season tickets as baby wipes before returning them after Week 16.

It's their fan experience. It appears to be one of misery. I don't know what the rest of their lives are like. Maybe they need something to be miserable about. I don't. I want my Sunday afternoons to be as pleasant as possible. I choose to find satisfaction with my team, whenever I can. I can only suggest you do the same. It makes for a better experience.

Comments

169 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2010, 6:34pm

1 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by DGL // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:29pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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by Josh Hankins // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:07am

We are the Walkthrough!!

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141 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike Tanier // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:33pm

Thanks Everyone! You guys rang the bell in record time, especially for two week AFTER the Super Bowl. And you did it in Football Outsiders Reader style! I will be making that donation to the Bush Clinton Relief Fund in your name very soon.

Oh, and I am sorry for anyone who really wanted to talk about Javier Arenas or something. Didn't think about how this would foul up the boards.

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158 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Chris F // Feb 20, 2010 - 10:46am

It's FO, so back to the stats. Claiming that 2.5 yards of starting position would turn midfield punts into field goals thereby making the Colts even more dominant seems dubious to me. Those FG attempts would be marginal, so while some would convert to points, others convert to field position for the opponent. This was the discussion after "Fourth and Two", and it should be the discussion when evaluating the performance of the Colts kick return squad.

So, what's the actual difference in drive success rate for those 2.5 yards of starting field position? Given the number of Colts possessions this year, how many failed drives become successes as a result?

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166 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Kevin from Philly // Feb 23, 2010 - 3:49pm

Now for the real question: do they actually PAY you guys?

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2 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by The Human Spider // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:39pm

We ARE the Walkthrough.

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3 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jds // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:41pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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4 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by TomC // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:48pm

Nous sommes le "Walkthrough".

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98 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by ammek // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:33am

Sèm la percaminada.

Yes, Occitan still allows for neologisms!

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5 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Weszilla // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:49pm

We Are The Walkthrough!

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6 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Paul Shirley // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:49pm

We Are the Walkthrough

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7 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Kal // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:50pm

Are we the walkthrough?

Yes, we are the walkthrough.

(and unless the Colts shape up, their going against the NFC East next year spells doom for their repeat chances)

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45 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Spoon // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:53pm

We are the Walkthrough!

And how is playing the NFC East during the regular season going to hurt the Colts' chance to repeat as AFC Champs?

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85 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by BigDerf // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:34am

We Are The Walkthrough

Not that I agree with the guy on affecting their actual superbowl chances... but possibly affecting their playoff seeding. They only had 2 losses last season after pulling their starters... but they could catch a few more with the tougher schedule. The NFC East and AFC South are probably the best divisions in football anywho.

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139 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Hotka // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:02pm

ummmm....when the colts won the superbowl, they played the NFC East during the regular season...doesnt mean a thing

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8 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by 100 different readers // Feb 17, 2010 - 4:58pm

We are the walkthrough.

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79 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:57am

We are the walkthrough!

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9 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Galvane // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:07pm

We Are the Walkthrough.

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10 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:09pm

We are the Walkthrough.

Is Cindy Lauper going to say that we all sound like a Pepsi commercial now?

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11 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Papa J // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:09pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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12 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Screaming Yellow Csonka // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:22pm

Mēs esam Walkthrough.

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13 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Micranot // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:25pm

All hail hypnotoa- oops, I mean WE ARE WALKTHROUGH

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14 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Kevin // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:27pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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15 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Arson55 // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:34pm

We are the Walkthrough.

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16 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by nate_richards // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:34pm

We Are the Walkthrough

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17 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Anonymous, socially // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:48pm

We Are the Walkthrough!

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18 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by TommyT // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:52pm

We are the walkthrough

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19 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Lindemann // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:55pm

We Are the Walkthrough

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20 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by justme_cd // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:57pm

We are the Walkthrough!

I'm not sure I've seen anything quite like that last section come from a Philly fan.

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21 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by lpstd // Feb 17, 2010 - 5:58pm

Q: Are We Not Men?

A: We Are The Walkthrough

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22 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by MilkmanDanimal // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:05pm

We are the ones who make the comments unreadable in the walkthrough.

Also, we are the walkthrough.

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23 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Theo // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:15pm

Wij zijn de doorloop!

Why did the chicken walk through?

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121 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by sanwekwe // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:21pm

Kuku hakukukumbuka.

The chicken does not remember you.

We are the walkthrough

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24 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jones007ben // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:17pm

We are the Walkthrough.

I wonder how "We are the Walkthrough" looks in raiderjoe-ease?

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58 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sergio // Feb 17, 2010 - 10:02pm

Probably something like:

we rat teh awalktrough!!1!

or something.

-- Go Phins!

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25 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Dan // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:26pm

I am the eggman.

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26 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Eddo // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:30pm

Through the walk are we.

Damn.

The we are walkthrough.

Damn.

We are the Walkthrough.

OK.

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27 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by drtobes // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:37pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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28 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by People // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:42pm

wE aRe thE wAlKthRoUgH

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29 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by silentrat // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:46pm

We are the walkthrough

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30 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by TXNiner // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:50pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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31 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by hansen9j // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:50pm

We are the Walkthrough, we are the sheep.

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32 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by dk240t // Feb 17, 2010 - 6:58pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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33 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by James-London // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:02pm

He's not the Walkthrough, He's a very naughty boy!

We are the Walkthrough!

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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34 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by I got shoes // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:09pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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35 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sander // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:13pm

We are the walkthrough.

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36 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by TequilaBoy // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:30pm

We are the Walkthrough!!!
Indeed we are!

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37 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by dbostedo // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:34pm

We are the walkthrough.

But do you really need 100? I think 40 should suffice!

EDIT : Er, 37!

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38 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by HoleInZone // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:36pm

We Are the Walkthrough.

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39 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike Y // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:42pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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40 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Andy Watkins // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:44pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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41 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Dales // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:44pm

The comments section is getting as repetitive as the original song.

We are the Walkthrough. Like the Giants safeties, we just keep giving.

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42 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by kamchatka // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:49pm

We are the Walkthrough.

"When you call my name, I salivate like a Pavlov's dog..."

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43 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sidewards // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:49pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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44 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Felden // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:50pm

Bokutachi wa Walkthrough desu.

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143 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by bubbadeez // Feb 18, 2010 - 8:12pm

Nihongo sugoi!

Watashitachi wa Walkthrough desu ne!
trans;
We are the Walkthrough, right!

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46 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Duke // Feb 17, 2010 - 7:54pm

Vi är Walkthroughen!

We are the Walkthrough!

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47 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Chris UK // Feb 17, 2010 - 8:03pm

We are the Walkthrough

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48 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Bobman // Feb 17, 2010 - 8:25pm

As Steve Martin once said, I promise to be different! I promise to be unique! I promise not to repeat things other people say!

Mike T, your Colts spelling is positively raiderjoesque. But the message is right on.

okay... we are the walkthrough....

there, you happy now? I hate myself.

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49 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by ibanez_ax // Feb 17, 2010 - 8:34pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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50 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by batbatt // Feb 17, 2010 - 8:36pm

Bring that back one more time!
Bring that walkthrough back!
Bring that walkthrough back!
Bring that walkthrough back!
Y'all wanna read that walkthrough, right?
Bring that walkthrough back!
Bring that sh!t back! 1,2,3,4, hit it!

We are the walkthrough.
We are the walkthrough!

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51 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by John Doe // Feb 17, 2010 - 8:40pm

We Are the Walkthrough indeed.

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52 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by raffy // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:12pm

Nosotros somos "The Walkthrough"!

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62 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by DZ // Feb 17, 2010 - 10:36pm

Somos el Caminata a traves

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81 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Bobman // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:28am

show-off-ito!

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157 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by BigCheese // Feb 20, 2010 - 3:15am

Nah, using an internet translator is not showing off.

Nosotros somos la caminata.

Using one's native tounge isn't showing off either though...

- Alvaro

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53 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Treima // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:17pm

WE ARE THE WALKTHROUGH!

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54 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by TomKelso // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:18pm

"Marty? That's L. J. Smith"

"Oh, shit."

Hard to believe that was nearly a year ago.

Who watches the Walkthrough?

We do.

We ARE the Walkthrough.

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55 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Jeff in Vero // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:31pm

We are the Walkthrough.

Koo Koo Kachoob

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112 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by tgt2 // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:18am

We are the walkthrough

Goo goo ga joob?
Goo goo g'joob?

I swear it's something like that. Can anyone who was born before Lenin died weigh in?

Captcha: On Quezon. I think that's the first time I've had to look up a captcha word.

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122 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by dbostedo // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:23pm

I'd be surprised if anyone on here was born before Lenin died. And, I'm not sure what a long dead soviet leader has to do with the song anyway. Oh well - any 85 year olds out there who were also Beatles fans?

Football Outsiders : Come for DVOA, Stay for incredible comment nit-pickery!

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124 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Eddo // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:52pm

And assuming he meant "Lennon", why would we need to speak with someone whose life overlapped the songwriter's? The beauty of a recorded song is that it has been, you know, recorded. We can just listen to it, can't we?

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130 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by DGL // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:53pm

The Walkthrough was Paul.

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142 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by nat // Feb 18, 2010 - 8:10pm

Daed si Hguorhtklaw eht.

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56 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by clark // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:44pm

We are the walkthrough

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57 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sergio // Feb 17, 2010 - 9:50pm

We are the Walkthrough!

Oh, we SO are the walkthrough...

-- Go Phins!

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126 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jebmak // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:08pm

Nice.

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60 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Jim C. // Feb 17, 2010 - 10:35pm

We Are Family.

And, by the way, we are the walkthrough.

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87 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Jerry // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:51am

RIP Jim Bibby.

We are the Walkthrough!

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61 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by A Usual Lurker // Feb 17, 2010 - 10:35pm

We Are the Walkthrough

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63 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Solomon // Feb 17, 2010 - 10:39pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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64 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Just Another Falcons Fan // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:10pm

We are the walkthrough, my friend,
and we'll keep on walking to the end.
We are the walkthrough,
We are the walkthough,
No time for runners,
'Cause we are the walkthough, of the world.

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65 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by We are the Walkthrough // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:15pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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66 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Will S // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:36pm

We Are The Walkthrough!

Can we have C.C Brown donate his 2009 salary to Haiti as well, since he clearly didn't earn a dime of it?

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67 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike19531 // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:39pm

We are the Walkthrough

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68 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by slypumpkin // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:41pm

We are the walkthrough.

You can point out my spelling errors, but I'm still going to point out the truth.

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69 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by MJG // Feb 17, 2010 - 11:52pm

We are the walkthrouuuuugh.
We are the chiwdreeeeeen.

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70 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Zergling // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:07am

We are the Walkthrough (with thanks to Annie Lennox)

Walking on, walking on, walk on through
Walking on, walking on, walk on through

You were the most droll thing that I ever knew
But I don't care for jokes, Tanier, if I can't have you
Since you've abandoned me
For the off-season
Won't you chart the patterns please
'Cause it feels just like I'm walking on through

Walking on, walking on, walk on through
Walking on, walking on, walk on through

The sun's still shining in the deep blue sky
But it don't mean nothing to me
My team missed the playoffs
And I await the draft
I'm staring at an empty screen
With all the windows smashed
And I've got so little left to lose
That it feels just like I'm walking on through

Walking on, walking on, walk on through
And if you're trying to cut me down
With your amusing screed
'Cause if you're trying to cut me down
I know that you'll succeed
My team failed, for all to see
There's nothing left to fear
Cause if you want to hurt me
You're doing really well fine seer

Now everyone of us is made to suffer
Everyone of us is made to weep
But we've been hurting one another
And now the pain has cut too deep . . .
So take me from the wreckage
Save me from the blast
Lift me up and take me back
Don't let me keep on walking . . .
I can't keep on walking on, I can't keep on walking on, walk on through
Walking on, walking on, walk on through
Walking on, walking on, walk on through
Walking on, walking on through... walking on through, walking on through
Walking on, walking on through... walking on through, walking on through
Walking on, walking on through... walking on through . . .

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71 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by JayDuck // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:08am

I'm Sparticus!

I mean....

We are Walkthrough!

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72 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jw124164 // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:09am

We are the walkthrough!

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73 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by McNabb in Purple // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:12am

We are the Walkthrough!

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74 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by alexdl // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:23am

ειμαστε το περασμα

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75 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Francisco // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:27am

No I'M Spartacus!

Bravo to the last segment of that article. As a diehard Colts fan (living in Baltimore, which is no fun), my friends have a hard time swallowing the idea that I'm really happy with what the Colts accomplished this year. The Atlanta Braves of football? We should be so lucky! The Colts are in contention every year and have been an absolute joy to watch since 1999.

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82 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Bobman // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:33am

Look me up next time you're in Seattle. For now, I hoist a virtual beer in your general direction. Maybe a crabcake, too.

Yes, I am disappointed, but miserable? No. There's a lot of promise and the window is wide open.

I'm pretty optimistic.

Plus, I'm walkthrough.

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96 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by DZ // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:08am

I've never understood the whole Braves thing. is that an insult?

Considering that the post season is a crap shoot, every team's goal should be to get there each season and let the chips fall.

Even a crazy super team that would be favored by 75% in each playoff game is still less than a coin flip to win it all.

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76 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by utvikefan // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:00am

We are the walkthrough. Thank you for the Wilkinson/Baskett joke. You know, as a Vikes fan,I absolutly loved this season, fumbles and all. Great last topic, makes me wanna boo santa claus lustily. ; P.

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77 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by the K // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:29am

Are we not Devo? We are the Walkthrough!

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78 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by JoeD // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:33am

We are the Walkthrough.

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80 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by EndNorv // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:22am

We are the Walkthrough.

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83 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Steve Garvin // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:00am

We are the walkthrough!

And Colts fans suck!

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84 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by DeltaWhiskey // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:09am

We Are the Walkthrough

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86 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by alexbond // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:35am

We are the walkthrough

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88 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mattthew // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:28am

We are the Walkthrough.

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89 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by ammek // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:57am

Wir sind der Durchgang.

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93 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by fogarty // Feb 18, 2010 - 6:30am

Tja, da bist Du mir leider zuvorgekommen. Anyway, it looks like even in Germany, we are the Walkthrough!

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162 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by bengt // Feb 22, 2010 - 7:55am

Ich haette ja geschrieben 'Wir sind die Stellprobe'.

Anyway, we are the Walkthrough, and my wife is the Walkthrough too.

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163 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Old Europe Joe // Feb 22, 2010 - 8:53am

We are walkthrough,

dass heisst: mirr haen durschbligg

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90 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Brummelmannen // Feb 18, 2010 - 5:15am

We are the walkthrough.

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91 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Robbie // Feb 18, 2010 - 5:32am

We are the walkthrough, and all your base are belong to us.

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92 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Danish Denver-Fan // Feb 18, 2010 - 5:35am

Vi er gennemgangen.

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94 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Levente from Hungary // Feb 18, 2010 - 6:35am

Mi vagyunk a Walkthrough!

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95 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Fion // Feb 18, 2010 - 6:53am

We are the Walkthrough!

I guess it's time for us European readers to cost Mr. Tanier his paycheck.

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97 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Shamah // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:30am

We are the walkthrough

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99 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Bright Blue Shorts // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:59am

Previously on FootballOutsiders ... We are the Walkthrough!

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100 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by nat // Feb 18, 2010 - 8:54am

We Are the Walkthrough.

Abandon all hope, ye who walkthrough here.

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101 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by coboney // Feb 18, 2010 - 8:57am

We are the Walkthrough!

Insert witty remark I can't think of here.

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102 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by lk6 // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:28am

Nós somos o Walkthrough!

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105 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sancho Gaucho // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:34am

Oh, dear! I was beaten in the portuguese chant...

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103 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by starzero // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:31am

We are
The Few
The Proud
The Walkthrough

--
hail damage

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104 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sancho Gaucho // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:31am

Nós somos o Passeio.
We are the Walkthrough!

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106 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Jimmy // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:37am

Nos es Walkthrough.

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107 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by lk6 // Feb 18, 2010 - 10:04am

"Nós somos o Passeio"
hahahahaha

It's good to see some Brazilian peeps on the board.
Abraços!

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149 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sancho Gaucho // Feb 19, 2010 - 6:03am

Merriam-Webster has "walk-through" as rehearsal. But that doesn't make sense related to this column. So, I've free translated as Promenade, or "a leisurely walk or ride especially in a public place for pleasure or display". That's sounds better and seems to fit.

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108 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by MCS // Feb 18, 2010 - 10:40am

We are the Walkthrough!

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109 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Anonymousse // Feb 18, 2010 - 10:46am

Wir sind oberflachliche Uberprufung eines Computerprogrammes durch Lesen der Gebrauchsanleitung.

(I love on-line translators)

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114 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by tgt2 // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:24am

010101110110010100100000011000010111001001100101
001000000111010001101000011001010010000001010111
011000010110110001101011011101000110100001110010
0110111101110101011001110110100000100001

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116 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by wr // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:17pm

0x57,0x65,0x20,0x41,0x72,0x65,0x20,0x54,0x68,0x65,0x20,0x57,0x61,0x6c,0x6b,0x74,
0x68,0x72,0x6f,0x73,0x67,0x68,0x20,0x21

It's easier to read in hex... :mischief:

Captcha: first savant...

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111 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Ryan D. // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:09am

We are the Walkthrough!

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113 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Prince // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:20am

we r the walk thru

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115 Could it be?

by Eddo // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:03pm

Since I've posted my mandated comment, the cynic in me has begun to wonder: is this all just a disguised bet with Barnwell?

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117 Re: Could it be?

by andrew // Feb 18, 2010 - 12:20pm

Maybe we should ask what he gets paid for this column...

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120 Re: Could it be?

by SteveNC // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:51pm

It surely is, but he certainly isn't allowed to admit this to the readers.

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118 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by dmb // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:00pm

I really enjoyed seeing some of the more creative ways of putting up the message! I know it's already reached the desired 100, but I wanted to join in anyway...

WE ARE THE WALKTHORUGH!

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119 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by pouringlizards // Feb 18, 2010 - 1:37pm

WE ARE THE WALKTHROUGH!

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123 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by justanothersteve // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:37pm

We are the walk ... (scritch scratch scratch scritch)
We are the walk ... (scritch scratch scratch scritch)
We are the walk ... (scritch scratch scratch scritch)
We are the walkthrough, walkthrough (scritch scritch), walkthrough (scritch scritch)
We are the walkthrough

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125 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by The Other Ben Johnson // Feb 18, 2010 - 2:54pm

What if we stopped at 99?

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127 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by RugbyRuss // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:10pm

I am the Stig and we are the walkthrough.

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128 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jebmak // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:42pm

Are we human or are we walkthrough?

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129 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mile-High Meltdown // Feb 18, 2010 - 3:51pm

We're just trying to be the f**** walkthrough!!!
- J. McDaniels

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131 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by mjb // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:26pm

Oh, excuse me...just trying to Walkthrough here.

We are Walkthrough!

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132 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by parttimemovieguy // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:32pm

I'm surprised no one busted out a Yoda yet:

The Walkthrough,
We Are
MMMMM!

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133 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Dan // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:47pm

I am not a Walkthrough. I am a free man!

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140 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Theo // Feb 18, 2010 - 7:10pm

No you're not.
You are the walkthrough.

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150 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Dean // Feb 19, 2010 - 10:56am

Not a walkthrough,
I'm a free man
And my blood is my own now.
Don't care where the past was
I know where I'm going.

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134 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by montanapanthersfan // Feb 18, 2010 - 4:47pm

Verily, we art the walkthrougheth.

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135 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by CoachDave // Feb 18, 2010 - 5:17pm

You want the walkthrough?

I think I'm entitled.

You want the walkthrough?

I want the walkthrough!

You can’t handle the walkthrough!

We Are The Walkthrough!

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136 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike B. In Va // Feb 18, 2010 - 5:58pm

One verse only. Regardless, it still sounds like Mike going to Delaware:


Another Eagles game left behind,
Another drink completely blind,
Another meal I can't find,
Another pressbox pass for you,
Another play diagrammed for you,
Another column to get through,
He's writing like a maniac,
Joking his way to hell and back,
Another 2 games of plays to track,
We Are The Walkthrough

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147 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by buzzorhowl // Feb 19, 2010 - 2:10am

THANK GOD! I was worried we'd get through this whole thing without a Motorhead reference.

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153 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Mike B. In Va // Feb 19, 2010 - 1:29pm

It was the first thing I thought of. lol

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137 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Staubach12 // Feb 18, 2010 - 6:39pm

אנחנו הוולקתרו
(We are the Walkthrough)

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138 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by fogarty // Feb 18, 2010 - 6:52pm

Olemme Walkthrough!

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144 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by masoch // Feb 18, 2010 - 9:46pm

Fortunately, Mike Tanier isn't a lawyer or insurance adjuster... so the fact that the vast majority of us didn't type *exactly* ""We are the Walkthrough!"" or possibly even ""We are the Walkthrough!" in the comment thread" shouldn't matter!

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154 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Jimmy // Feb 19, 2010 - 1:45pm

Unless this is all part of the possible wager with Barnwell (discussed above) in which Tanier might well have gotten 'We are the Walkthrough' over 100 times but somewhat predictably the FO crowd have chimed in with French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, what looks like Russian and a whole load more. Lets face it if an internet translation site offered Cunieform B we would have that too (might have trouble getting the clay tablets to upload though).

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145 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Staubach12 // Feb 18, 2010 - 11:47pm

"We are the Walkthrough!"

(just in case"

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146 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by JIPanick // Feb 19, 2010 - 1:27am

maH 'oH yItvegh!

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148 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Podge // Feb 19, 2010 - 5:54am

So that Javier Arenas, are we going to try to nickname him The Walkthrough?

Good article Mike.

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151 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by big_adventure // Feb 19, 2010 - 11:51am

Nous sommes le Walkthrough.

En France, on adore utiliser des mots en anglais en tant que français. Le sandwich, le firewall, le sh1t. Sans déconner...

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160 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by ammek // Feb 21, 2010 - 7:51am

Ben, faut reconnaître que la marche à travers est moche, et le parcours, c'est autre chose. On est dans un no-win.

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161 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sancho Gaucho // Feb 21, 2010 - 9:54am

J'ai dit que c'est très dificile de traduire "Walkthrough". Peutêtre promenade?

Hey, that's a very good question: in what sense Tanier used "Walkthrough" as his column title?

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152 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by jebmak // Feb 19, 2010 - 12:32pm

Do you want to be the f****** Walkthrough?!

- Dana White

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155 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Bowl Game Anomaly // Feb 19, 2010 - 3:01pm

I'm a man! I'm 40! I am the Walkthrough!

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164 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by bravehoptoad // Feb 22, 2010 - 1:34pm

...my vote for winner.

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156 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by CathyW // Feb 19, 2010 - 9:45pm

I'm a bit late to the party, but nevertheless...

We are the Walkthrough!

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159 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Michael LaRocca // Feb 21, 2010 - 7:47am

We Are the Walkthrough!
We Are the Walkthrough!

(You mean they pay you to write these? Sorry...couldn't resist...)

We Are the Walkthrough!

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165 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Michael LaRocca // Feb 22, 2010 - 11:01pm

We are the Walkthrough
We are the Walkthrough
No time for losers
'Cause we are the Walkthrough
Of the world

(We will, we will, walkthrough
Boom boom-boom boom
We will, we will, walkthrough
Boom boom-boom boom)

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167 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Karl Mal0wned! // Feb 23, 2010 - 10:07pm

"We are the Walkthrough!"

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168 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Sid // Mar 01, 2010 - 4:31pm

We are the Walkthrough!

I liked the part with Ochocinco and Revis. Ochocinco can shut up after he didn't hold up his promise that he'd change his name again if he was shut down in the playoffs.

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169 Re: We Are the Walkthrough

by Not Saying // Mar 04, 2010 - 6:34pm

We are the Walkthrough!

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