Sunday observations

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2007 by Travis Cody in

We have a very light slushy snow falling this morning.

I have never played football in 18 degrees, like the Raiders and Packers will today. I think the coldest temperature I ever played in was maybe mid-50s. I have played in torrential rains and mucky mud. During my freshman year I watched our varsity play in tule fog. Well, I think they was tough to tell because all we could see was a bunch of legs running around on the field.

I am going on record today. I am not among the "everyone", as in "Everyone loves Brett Favre". I don't love Brett Favre. I don't hate Brett Favre. I respect the man's determination. He's having a great year and I respect that. But I've never been on the Favre bandwagon. So to all the sports writers and talking heads, I ask that you amend your statements and stop telling us that we all love Brett Favre.

Well, my Raiders are off to a pretty good start. They've moved the ball some on offense. They've been able to get a bit of a running game started. But the best news is on defense. The defense has held on 4th down and intercepted a pass.

I'm waiting for the day when a football player makes one of these stupid leaps into the stands, falls, and breaks his ass. Maybe that will put a stop to the practice.

Tackling!! This is a fundamental part of football and the Raiders are not doing it well at all today.

I would like to ask all players in the NFL this question: Why oh why do you give up so much ground after you catch the ball??? You're not going to turn the play into a touchdown, so just put your head down and square your shoulders and get as many positive yards as you can. I detest watching these players run 10-15 yards in the wrong direction, thinking they are going to outrun the defense. They cost their teams valuable field position. Sometimes if you just get your shoulders turned up field and keep your legs moving, you can break tackles and end up with a big play instead of a big loss.

Green Bay is just a better football team. I can accept that. My Raiders have played pretty well. Of course just as I say that, it looks like Tim Dwight fumbled a punt and the Packers recovered in the end zone. The replay confirms the fumble and TD. Ah well. The good news is that Dwight managed to avoid a gruesome injury. He was bent backwards and was fortunate that his foot didn't get caught beneath the defender, otherwise that leg snaps.

We're only getting smatterings of very light snow. It's not sticking on the ground. I suppose that's a good thing. Neighboring counties don't need any more challenges as they begin to clean up and pull themselves together from last week's storms.

On that note, we're off to put together some lunch.

Later babies.

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  1. Bond says: seems like all I can do is hope MN winds today and we go another week...I thought the Raiders might put up a better fight...OH Well

  1. Snow? You saw snow?? I'm so jealous.
    Happy footballing.

  1. Jamie says:

    We got a light dusting of snow this morning, but it didn't stick. I'm hoping it will return. You and LaFavre sounds just like my son in law about "St Elway".

    Where did you live that you got the glory of "Tule Fog". The most harrowing trips of my life were trying to drive in that stuff. It's hard to explain to someone that there are places where you drive with the door open so you can see the line on the road.

  1. Jeff B says:

    I really thought the Raiders were going to put up a better fight after the first half. Sorry bro.

    I'm with you about the Lambeau leap or any other extra BS after the score. Why can't these guys just let it go. Instead they have to be 'pet' by the fans. Makes me want to hurl.

    Come on Niners.

  1. Matt-Man says:

    Dear God in heaven I was correct on the Chargers over the Titans. Cheers!!

  1. sorry about your weather trav... and mine is sunny and 83 and all. just sayin'. sorry...

    smiles, bee

  1. Sorry, Trav, but I love Brett Favre. I've loved his enthusiasm, zest for the game, and iron man determination for years. I think that's what makes me smile more than anything - seeing a professional athlete who truly loves the game. It would be asking for a miracle, but I would love to see a Colts/Packers Super Bowl. What a fun, fun game that would be to watch.

  1. tegdirb92 says:

    I'm jealous of the snow too!!

  1. Travis says:

    V: That game really showed how far the Raiders still have to go. But Minn did win so that's a good thing.

    Mimi: I saw mini snow flakes and they didn't last long.

    Jamie: I'm from the central San Joaquin valley. That's where I grew up. I remember fog so thick you couldn't see your own dashboard.

    Jeff: Maybe we'll get JeMarcus Russell for the rest of the season.

    Matt: Congratulations Sir!

    Bee: Don't forget your sunscreen!

    Songbird: I respect all that. I'm just not onboard the love train.

    Bridget: We didn't get all that much in town after all.

  1. Turnbaby says:

    "so just put your head down and square your shoulders and get as many positive yards as you can.""

    EXACTLY---EVERYONE wants that "SportsCenter" moment instead of playing the daggone game.

    And I love Brett Farve---for his gritty determination, his skill, his desire, his leadership----his will to win no matter what.