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The Turkey & The Pigskin

Posted in NFL with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

They just seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Ketchup and mustard.  Brangelina and adoption papers.

Yes, the combination of Thanksgiving day and football seems to be one of the greatest pairings on earth.  There’s just something about eating turkey and watching athletes run at full speed into one another that makes it one of the greatest holiday traditions.

No matter who is playing and no matter what the score, the NFL just has a way of helping us kick off the Christmas season.  No pun intended.  Well…maybe a little.  It’s a grand tradition, and I’m looking forward to continuing it this year.

This year’s Thanksgiving day schedule has no shortage of interesting story-lines.  The Titans are coming off their first loss of the season, the Cowboys are in the hunt for a wild card spot, the Cardinals continue to be one of the year’s biggest surprises, and Eagles fans will be keeping a close eye on Donovan McNabb after his second half benching on Sunday.

As for the games themselves, my picks are the Titans, the Cowboys, and the Cardinals.  It’s a prediction shared by many, I’m sure.  But the NFL seems to pull off more upsets than any other sport.  So what do you all think?  Do you think there is any upset potential?

Guess we’ll find out.

All that said, Thanksgiving means much more than tackles and touchdowns. It may not always be an easy day depending on your circumstances, but it’s an important one.  Whatever life has thrown you this year, the TwoNateShow wants to wish everyone out there a very meaningful Thanksgiving holiday.

Enjoy the games, enjoy the food, and enjoy the day.

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This Just In…

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

USC is good.  Really good.

And while there are a lot of games left to go, that game was critical for them.

They completely overmatched the Buckeyes, picking apart their defense and completely shutting down their offense. They were so dominating that I’m actually surprised Georgia even got 2 first place votes in the most recent poll – especially considering their shaky game against South Carolina.

With a #1 ranking heading into the game and a weaker conference schedule, USC likely would have made it to the championship even without playing Ohio State.  So why was it so important?

Because as the SEC teams begin some of their toughest matchups, strength of schedule is going to start getting more attention.  With that in mind, I think it was important for USC to have at least one chance to show they can beat anybody.

Saturday was that chance, and they made quite a statement.  So much so, that I’m actually shocked Georgia even got 2 first place votes.

Barring a huge upset somewhere in the rest of the season, I think we now know one of the teams that will be playing in the championship game.  Do you all have any thoughts on who their opponent will be?

A Football Weekend

Posted in 1, NFL with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

394 Yards.  5 Touchdowns.  

I went to see the Georgia game on Saturday and the Falcons game on Sunday, and those are the numbers I witnessed Knowshon Moreno and Michael Turner put up this weekend.  It was a good weekend to be a fan.  

Turner set a new Falcons single game record for rushing yards, and Moreno had the best highlight when he literally hurdled Central Michigan safety Vince Agnew.  If you didn’t get to see it, check it out here.  

Welcome back football, you’ve been missed.  

I haven’t had the chance to attend a lot of football games.  Prior to this weekend I had only been to two NCAA games and two NFL games, one of which was preseason.  But what I experienced this weekend only reinforced what I had already learned – you just can’t beat the football environment.  

I am a die-hard baseball fan and always will be, but it just doesn’t seem to quite match the excitement that you find at a football game – even in the markets like New York, Boston, and Chicago.  I don’t believe any of the other sports do.  I realize the crowd energy is going to vary depending on the city.  Fans at an Atlanta Hawks game are going to be very different from the Boston Celtics.  But to me football still holds the edge, and I think I’ve finally figured out the reason. 

Football isn’t just a sport, it’s a cultural experience.

It’s the fact that the game doesn’t start when the clock starts ticking; it starts when the generators powering your portable satellite are running and your tailgating tent is in place.  It’s the attitude that every game has the importance of a playoff game; there is no regular season.  It’s the reality that fans will sit in any kind of weather to watch the game.  It’s the total devotion of the guy next to you that dresses up in some costume that seriously invades the boundaries of your personal space.  

And it’s the fact that a mascot like Uga has an air-conditioned doghouse and his predecessors are buried in marble vaults at the stadium.  

All that combines to make for a stadium experience that I don’t believe is matched by any other sport. 

But maybe that’s just me.  What do you all think?

Wise to Play it Safe?

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

Sorry for the delay in getting a new post.  Nate E is currently suffering in New Zealand, and I was temping the wrath of Gustav by spending Labor Day weekend in the Florida panhandle.  So let’s see, what did we miss since our last post? Oh yeah, a lot. 

The wait for football is finally over and the opening weekend didn’t disappoint.  We had our share of upsets, downsets, and Div 1AA teams having the pleasure of being humiliated on national TV.  Gotta love it. 

All of the top 5 teams pretty much demolished their opponents, but the closest of those games was Georgia vs Georgia Southern, with the Bulldogs winning by a “mere” 24 points.  After taking a 38-0 lead, Head Coach Mark Richt pulled his starters, which was a wise move in  my humble opinion.  You don’t want to lose your premier players in a game you already know you’re going to win. As it was they still lost Jeff Owens, which is big.  It was only after the Dawgs started making substitutions that Georgia Southern managed to score 21 points.  But when you look at the box scores at the end of the day, it looks like a number 1 Georgia team had more trouble with their inferior opponent than the other Top 5 teams did.  And that probably factored in why USC leap-frogged them into the number 1 ranking yesterday.

So my question for the day is this: should a team pull their starters in a game they’re assured of winning, or should they keep them in to make the win as convincing as possible?  I think it’s a tough call actually. I’m sure most of the coaches probably did that this weekend. I didn’t get to see most of the games, so I can’t say for sure.  But in Georgia’s case, the final score could have played a role in the change in rankings.  So is it worth it?

I think so.  You don’t want to risk losing the whole season in order to run up the score on a game you’ve already won.  I’m not saying Georgia should still be number 1.  USC is obviously stacked, as are all of the teams in the Top 5.  Any one of them has a strong case for a top ranking.  I’m just saying that when all is said and done, what they need to do to stay in the running for the national championship is beat the many tough teams they’ve got on their schedule, not beat Georgia Southern 50-0. 

And they’ll need their best players to do that.