Vlog Times: As The League Turns (Week 10)
Hey Fantasy Football Fans, I’m The Fantasy Football Girl and this is AS THE LEAGUE TURNS – a weekly digest of the NFL’s biggest, baddest, and best drama. The show that doesn’t necessarily dig deep for stats, but does dig deep for dirt.
WHADDYA MEAN TIE?
This past Sunday the NFL saw its first tie in four years. The San Francisco 49ers hosted their division rival St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park and played an uncharacteristically sloppy game full of penalties and missed opportunities. Many expected the 49ers – who entered the game leading the NFC West with a 6-2 record – to trounce the struggling 3-5 Rams. But that didn’t happen. With just over a minute left on the clock in regulation, the Rams quarterback, Sam Bradford, threw a sweet 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis, which put the Rams ahead of the 49ers by 3 points. Then with just 3 seconds left on the clock, San Fran’s almost-always rock solid kicker, David Akers, cranked one through the uprights, tying the game and sending both teams into overtime. The drama didn’t stop there… though it did kind of peter out. The Rams kicker, Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein (who I’ve featured right here on As The League Turns) missed a field goal from 58 yards out, giving the 49ers a chance to seal the deal. However, Akers must have cashed in all of his clutch mojo during regulation, because he shanked a 41 yard attempt. Ultimately, overtime ended with a tie score of 24-24. Perhaps the most comical reaction to the less-than-common score came from Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, who reportedly told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that he thought there was going to be a second overtime, and didn’t know the game was over until he was told by an official. I don’t why, but I think that’s so cute. Sorry Danny, those just aren’t the rules, but welcome back from that collar bone injury and great McNabb impression.
In last week’s edition of As The League Turns, I reported that, in a desperate attempt to focus on the offensive needs of the team, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel fired himself as the defensive coordinator. Well it looks like Crennel has had some additional thoughts on motivating his offense out of their five game losing streak. On Monday Night (which will be last night by the time this is posted) Crennel plans to bench any player – even Jamal Charles – who turns over the ball. Given the Chiefs minus-20 turnover ratio or the fact that quarterback Matt Cassel has thrown 11 INTs over the past eight weeks, I have a feeling that Monday night is going to look a lot more like a game of musical chairs than a game of professional football. So what is Kansas (I mean Scott Pioli) going to do when the music stops?
TORREY SMITH THINKS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS AWESOME
The Westminster Owls (of Westminster, MD) are an undefeated high school football team who played – and won – their first playoff game by a whopping score of 51-7. The team of young men is undeniably talented, so the score isn’t too surprising. However, I have to imagine that getting a pep-talk from Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith before the game definitely helped motivate them. Smith’s pre-game pep-talk was short and sweet – only about 2 and a half minutes – but still perfectly profound. He reminded the players that the game of football is a blessing and that they should feel incredibly grateful to be playing on such a high level at such a young age. In fact, he admitted that even he, an NFL pro, had never played on a undefeated team. The Raven went on to remind the Owls to stay focused, work hard, and not take anything for granted. He even quoted teammate Ray Lewis in telling the boys to leave a legacy. I’ve got to say Torrey, you certainly seem to practice what you preach.
10-YEAR OLDS ARE COOLER THAN GROWN UPS
The town of Toms River, New Jersey was one of those hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Many in the community have been displaced and are in only the beginning stages of rebuilding. A 10-year old named Raymond, who lives in the area, wants to do his part to help his neighbors get back on their feet. He’s offered to sell his most prized possession – a football signed by Giants receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz – in the hopes of raising money for those in need. The current bid on the autographed ball is $750. If you’d like to bid on Raymond’s donation or find out other ways to help please visit: 943thepoint.com/restoretheshore. And Raymond… thanks for being awesome.
Thanks so much for watching. This has been AS THE LEAGUE TURNS and I’m The Fantasy Football Girl reminding you to always WIN BIG.