FWIW, I think the Niners absolutely annihilate the Seahawks tonight. Be interesting to see how Alex Smith comes back from his drubbing. I like Houston, but 6.5 is a lot of wood, even with no Webb, Lewis, and probably Ngata too.
Crap, don’t know why I thought it was Thursday. And I was in such a hurry to get the thread up too.
Were the Seahawks playing at Qwest (now CenturyLink), I’d agree with you. On the road, they’ve: lost at Arizona 20-16, lost at St. Louis 19-13, and barely beat Carolina 16-12. Last year, they lost both games to the Niners; 33-17 at Candlestick (3Com or whatever it’s called now) and 19-17 at home. Last year’s splits of 4-4 home, 3-5 away weren’t as marked as in other years, but I’m not seeing a Seahawk win here.
But that’s why they play the games. Maybe they saw something in the Giants’ game film that’s the equivalent of the unguarded exhaust port for the Niners? Do we think that Kaepernick gets the starting job if Smith has another disastrous game like last week?
EDIT: I don’t know if it was Ray Lewis so much as Webb. Both of them together are a pretty bitter pill. At least they’ll have Ngata mostly healthy.
I’m a Houston fan and I think 6.5 is way too much. When both teams are healthy I’d say it’s a push; Houston and Baltimore are very evenly matched. Maybe with Baltimore’s injuries I’d give 3, but Houston has a couple of serious injuries too: Cushing of course but now Jonathan Joseph may be out for Sunday too.
Joseph’s been working with the trainers, so he may be pushing to play. Don’t know if that’s a good idea or not, but we’ll find out one way or the other Sunday. Doesn’t seem the type of injury that would sideline you but I’m guessing everybody in Houston would prefer he was healed up before taking the field.
I’d also give 3 with all the injuries. I guess the bookmakers are also adding the automatic 3 for a home game.
So anyway, the Browns are under new ownership this week. Which can’t possibly be bad. Regime after regime, the only constant in the Browns organization has been ownership.
Al Lerner, the father, never should’ve been awarded the team. Art Modell made the deal to move the Browns on Lerner’s personal jet. He was no friend of the city of Cleveland. So fuck him.
Randy Lerner, the son - can you imagine growing up in a world of such priviledge that owning a football team just wasn’t enough to interest you? Randy wanted nothing to do with the Browns and seemed to consider it a chore to be the owner. Al’s will dictated that Randy couldn’t sell the team for 10 years after his death - why I don’t know. I guess Al wanted to fuck Cleveland from the grave too.
So finally free of the Lerners, I can only hope this signals a new dawn for the organization.
I don’t know much about Haslam, but at least he’s competant at building organizations and wants to be there, so that’s something. He’s actually a pretty cool guy, I met him briefly the day before the season opener. He was at a Browns Backers pre-game party meeting all the fans. Not posing for the cameras, trying to make a PR stunt to show the fans how much he cares, but just hanging out with the fans because he was interested in being a part of the whole experience. Seemed pretty cool and down to Earth for a billionaire.
Whether that translates into good ownership, hard to say - it would hard to be worse.
lol. Well, I won’t be able to watch the whole game, 'cause I start a new job tomorrow and I want to be sure that I’m up and awake and look good on my first day - so I have no idea what they’ll do in the second half without me there to tell them: Throw it! Throw it now! Run! Run!
Of course, too often they act like they can’t hear me anyway…