T.O. Stands for “Tissues Out”

The NFL regular season wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and while I’m still trying to get my stuff together after a grueling and incredibly busy 22-23 weeks of covering the league and fantasy, I’m now ready to get back to this blog. I know I had a good number of regular readers from Jan-Aug, and I expected to post to this blog at least a couple of times a week during the season, but I just couldn’t find the time. I assume those readers, like you, realized that the entire FantasyGuru.com site was essentially my blog.

We’ll try again next year to hit this thing more during the season, but I need to thank guest Blogger Jim Coventry – AKA Jim Cover-For-Me – for posting some blog items throughout the season.

Alrighty, so I’m back here and will be posting to this blog 3-5 times a week. I usually like to keep my posts shorter. I can’t see how someone would want to ready a 1000+ word blog, so my posts are usually 300-500 words, if that.

Over the next 2-3 weeks, I will be posting some thoughts on the playoffs, of course, and things that jump out at me as it relates to fantasy throughout the league. Another thing I plan on doing, as I start working on my annual “Lessons Learned” article (I always put that out in its entirety the day after the Super Bowl), is post here some of the individual lessons that will be included in the article. Look for at least one of them posted here this week with more next week.

Onto this weekend, and what a surprising weekend of football it was.

As you can see in the topic of this post, I thought it was comical how Terrell Owens cried after the game talking about his QB. I give him some credit for supporting Tony Romo, and he really has been a good player and teammate this year, but given Owens’ antics over the course of his career, his going Rod Tidwell on us and crying was yet another sign that this dude ain’t wired right. This isn’t Dick Vermeil crying while talking about one of his beloved players; this isn’t even LT, a higher-character guy let’s face it, crying after a tough loss. This is a one of the most demonstrative and arrogant players breaking down after a personal and team choke job, and his one-extreme-to-the-other exhibition came across as pathetic. Even more embarrassing, Owens actually said in his press conference that he’s always fully supported all of his quarterbacks over the course of the career.

Maybe you’ve finally grown up a little T.O. but sorry: you deserve to be chastised a little based on that breakdown last night.

My feeling before the big Dallas-Green Bay game back in late November was that the Packers had the best chance to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and while I will not concede a Packer victory this weekend, it looks like that’s what we’ll see. The Cowboys are a very talented team, and they could have given the Pats a run, but the Packers probably had the better chance to pull off the upset, or at least make the Super Bowl a great game.

The Packers aren’t as talented as New England, but they really don’t have any holes. They now have a good running game, a very deep and solid receiving corps including a pair of serviceable TEs, a good line, and of course one of the best QBs of all time. On the defensive side of the ball, they have a good pass rush, an active and athletic LBs corps, and one of the best CB duos in the NFL. They also have a good kicking game.

As for the Giants and Chargers, they obviously deserve a ton of credit, even though I’m expecting a Patriot-Packer Super Bowl.

I wrote in this blog last February how I felt Norv Turner was the right choice and a great choice to replace Marty Schottenheimer. A lot of that had to do with the continuity factor, since he basically brought their system there several years earlier. But let’s face it; the Chargers and specifically QB Philip Rivers were shaky this year, so I’m borderline shocked that they’re in the AFC title game. I think their success is a combination of several factors, such as Rivers’ (surprisingly) strong play, how the defense apparently took their early season struggles personally and responded, and even how Turner might have gained some cred in the locker room by being more demonstrative.

The Chargers and Giants are both very good teams, of course, but both enjoyed planetary alignment this past weekend. Yes, both defenses and both secondaries played very well. Most importantly, both teams had total team efforts and won the battles on offense, defense, and special teams. The “Any Given Sunday” affect was in play, but both the Colt and Cowboy offenses played arguably their worst games of the season. They were challenged greatly the defenses – so let’s give the victors more credit – but they didn’t overcome that.

I can certainly conjure up a scenario in which the road warrior Giants beat the Packers, and if Rivers, Gates, and LT are on the field and healthy on Sunday, I can actually do the same for the Chargers winning.

But I think it’s a stretch to assume the Big Three for San Diego will be 100%, so I have to go with New England. And while the Giants have been incredibly efficient on offense and pretty damn stout on defense, I just think the Packers have more talent across the board. Playing at home, I can’t see them losing.

So I think football fans will be in for a very entertaining Super Bowl, and based on how New England’s defense is far form dominant, I think it’s going to be one that comes down to the wire.

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9 Responses

  1. tpwaller says:

    I’ll give you credit because you called Norv Turner. He hasn’t had much success as a head coach but he’s done well in SD with all the talent they have.

    Didn’t forget you predict a Colts over Cowboys super bowl? It’s okay to change now.

    I missed the TO post game conference as I was pissed the Cowboys blew it. That’s TO being TO. The man still had a incredible season and he did everything he could to get back on the field after an injury. Everyone year he’s a top WR until Chad Johnson and Steve Smith

  2. Flizzo says:

    Good to see you posting again JH.

    Want to say thanks for your strong Adrian Peterson (Vikings) recommendation this year (something like “get him at all costs”). I didn’t take home any money in fantasy this year, but reached for him early, and certainly enjoyed the ride.

    Hoping for two snow bowls this weekend…oh yeah!

  3. John Hansen says:

    I won’t take any credit for that AP call, especially after he made that move in the 3rd preseason game.

    And yes, I did pick an Indy-Dal Super Bowl. I can take some small solace in my calling the Giants the sleeper team in the NFC after Week 4:

    >For the record, here are my sleeper teams right now in both conferences

    NFC

    New York Giants – The defense is clearly emerging, and overall this roster has a lot of good players. Isn’t it just like the Giants to come up with strong play when you least expect it?

    AFC

    Tennessee Titans – Guess what, the Titans are going to make the playoffs, thanks first to their excellent defense and second to Vince Young. Book it, lock it down, and mark it up. Tennessee is in the post season.

  4. CCarter says:

    John, not to call you out or anything, but can you really consider these 2 teams sleeper picks?? NYG has made the playoffs the last 3 years and TEN made it this year. (just missed 2 years ago)

    Now if you’re telling me these are your Super Bowl sleepers… Now that limb is a little skinnier!

  5. bjchapin1 says:

    Hi John, I really enjoy the site, thanks for a great year. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on how you plan on improving the site next year.

    One idea I had is an article each week geared towards point-spread players, considering a large portion of your audience is probably involved in that arena. Thoughts?

  6. John Hansen says:

    Yes, CC, but remember, the Giants were almost left for dead in September. They were 0-2 and seemed headed for implosion.

    BJC, we definitely have some different things in the works in terms of offerings, so stay tuned. Some of them might play into an article like you speak, I will say that. Mostly otherwise some more technical tools to take more advantage of our powerful database. One in particular a player matchup history tool. That’s 3/4 of the way done now.

  7. tpwaller says:

    I don’t remember the Giants pick, but if you made it fine.

    I just wish Plexico Burress wasn’t on the Bad Receivers picks list and I think overvalued list. I traded for Plexico the year before and he scored TDs in 7 straight games and had a good playoff game.

    This season I missed out on Plexico.

  8. jbeau says:

    TP, you missed out on about one and a half months of consistent Plax play. I traded for him around that point and he stunk it up every other game.

    John, good to see you back on the blog. I definitely was looking for you over the year, but I understand you have alot more stuff to put together.

    TO is TO. I don’t understand why people even waste time commenting on him. Not everyone is perfect. The dude has issues off the field maybe, but when on the field, he doesn’t take plays off, he plays hurt, he blocks. He deserves to get the ball. I personally like him. He shows his emotions, and shows that he is a human being.

    I agree with you on a Packers\Pats Superbowl. I think the Giants have a better shot at an upset than the Bolts do. I know media types, and advertisers are praying for Packers\Pats. The ratings will be through the roof, and probably the most watched SB ever.

  9. Packers says:

    Packers

    Thank You!!!!

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