#$%& YOU NBC & WTMJ!!!!

Seriously, worst Super Bowl I’ve ever seen!!!  First, they forget to broadcast the first few moments in HD.  Big goof, minor impact as they fixed it immediately (not sure if this was just in Milwaukee or was the national broadcast).  Either way, this set the tone fora crappy night of TV watching.

I live 5.5 miles from the local NBC digital antenna according to antennaweb.com.  I have 99% signal on all digital frequencies.  Yet, because the idiots obviously didn’t switch to full power for the single largest TV event of the year, myself and countless others had artifacts throughout the game, total picture/sound loss and basically the kind of viewing experience that reassures you that nobody out there cares about people who watch OTA.

Beyond that, they put a 1 hour episode of the Office on right after the game.  That’s great if you watch everything live, but for the millions of us using a DVR, it creates a very high liklihood that you’re going to miss the last 18 minutes of the episode.  I know, you should look at your upcoming programs for conflicts, blah blah blah.  How about this, maybe you shouldn’t put a top rated TV show directly following a live event that ALWAYS runs late!

Now I feel compelled to go searching for 3D glasses to watch my favorite show, Chuck, in 3D Monday night.  I don’t want to watch it, but my boycotting the show will only hurt me in the loss of entertainment.  Instead, I’m going to look at every sponsor of Chuck tomorrow night and make every effort to boycott their products.  I won’t be watching that Monsters/Aliens movie.  I won’t be buying any Pepsi products.  The list will grow and I’ll try to post here if I have time.

Packers Fire Bob Sanders?

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/01/breaking-news-packers-fire-sanders/

According to the National Football Post, the Green Bay Packers have fired their defensive coordinator.  Hopefully the rest of the defensive staff will follow.

Can the Packers beat the Titans?

The Titans do two things really well; they run the ball and play lights out defense.  That seems like trouble for the Packers as the offense is somewhat limited and they absolutely cannot stop the run.

So what can the Packers do to go after the Titans?  Here’s some thoughts:

On Offense: The Titans play the ever popular cover 2 defense.  The biggest challenge when facing their defense is fighting off the defensive line.  The linemen have a single gap assignment and can really get up field fast.  Whatever openings are left by the linemen, the linebackers quickly fill up.  Because of this, running against the Titans is not easy.  However, because they are so agressive going upfield, they can miss on some delays and draws.  That’s assuming, of course, that Haynesworth doesn’t meet the running back at the handoff.  While they aren’t an overly fast line, they can be suseptible to some of the same attacks used on fast linemen.  You’ll see teams running against Tennesee being patient and looking for a defensive lineman to push far into the backfield and use the space they occupied as a running lane.  That’s a risky proposition, but can work if you have a quick and decisive back (which Grant has not been this year).  Regardless, this isn’t a team that is going to sit back and watch what you’re doing.  They are very aggressive and if you’re going to run, you have to try and take advantage of that.

Through the air, if you can get a pass off there is hope.  As with other cover 2 teams, there are holes deep over the middle and behind the corners by the sideline.  There’s no exception with the Titans.  They will also play man coverage, which would hopefully favor the Packers as they face it all week in practice.  The biggest problem for the Packers will be protecting Rodgers from the inside pass rush, as the Titans can really push people around in the middle.  Watching them play the Colts, the only time Manning was able to get any sort of advantage was on play action (or by simply throwing on running downs).  The Titans’ linebackers look very aggressive to stop the run.  On numerous plays (including the first Dallas Clark TD), the linebackers, all of them, froze or took a good couple steps toward the line to play the run.  Once they recovered and realized the play was a pass, enough time had gone by that Manning had open receivers over the middle behind the linebackers.  I’m not sure the Packers can do the same, especially without a great receiving weapon at tight end, but they will need to try.

On Defense:
The Packers really need to figure out how to stop the run.  Tennessee has a very good offensive line and Green Bay will not beat them rushing four linemen.  They’ll need to stack the box, maybe take after Indy and play four linebackers.  That tactic could work, as the Titans wide receivers are definitely overmatched by Green Bay’s secondary.  The tight end spot for the Titans is going to be key.  Both tight ends (Cumpler and Scaife) can get downfield and they both catch a lot of passes.  Green Bay will probably have to play Chillar on one guy and bring Collins up to cover another.  Any of the other linebackers will likely get abused in the passing game.  It’s definitely a good time to get some healthly defensive linemen back, as the Titans will abuse Green Bay at the line of scrimmage.  This could easily be another game like the one against Dallas, where at the line the Packers just looked undersized and overmatched.

New Site Live

http://www.packer-talk.com is where I’ll do my posting from now on.  Still some changes in progress, but everything is up and running.

I’ll be taking this one down within a week or so.

Major Site Changes!

Well, mostly in an attempt to get some actual viewing on this site… I’m going through a renaming process.  I just registered the domain “packer-talk.com” and will be hosting this blog there within the next week.  The hyphen in the name does indeed mean there is already a “packertalk.com” which I know could be to my disadvantage, but that site is not very heavily used or visited, so I am not overly concerned.

Anyway, I’ll have essentially the same content.  I’ll just try to post more often and obviously will have more Packers related info.  I’ll change up the look a bit as well.

Not sure how I’ll handle routing the domains.  I’ll probably just put a link on jayratkowski.com to the new site as I don’t like auto-redirects that much.

Al Davis keeps the hits coming

This time he’s going after the Patriots.  So now the Pats tampered with Moss by working him out before making trade to acquire the receiver.  Kind of odd that Davis didn’t bring this up last year or right after the season.  The reference to the Packers not wanting Moss when all the stories I remember said that Moss wouldn’t sign the contract the Packers wanted.  Always interesting news coming out of Raiderland!

ESPN.com – “Belichick denies Davis’ tampering allegation; Moss declines comment”

Angry lady told me to die today

So I was on my way to watch my nephew play tee ball after work today. To get into the park, I had to make a left turn into a parking lot. There was traffic backed up, blocking my turn while they sat at a red light. A car was able to move forward, allowing a car in front of me to make the same left turn. The light was still red and no other cars had moved, so I proceeded to make my left turn. As I was turning, the nose of my car probably hit the entry to the parking lot when this behemoth of a woman noticed my maneuver and stomped on the gas, only to slam on the brakes in disgust and throw her flabby arms in the air in a rage. Had she not braked, I would’ve been hit in my rear passenger door.

I made little of this, as the light was still red and I really did nothing to hold her up or anything like that.

I get in the lot, park, get out of my car. I was walking around the back side of the car when a car pulled into my path. It was the fat lady. She rolled down her window and bellowed at me something about “Are you really in such a hurry that you have to do something stupid like that?!” I replied calmly with “Do you really have nothing better to do with your time that you’re pulling in here to complain about that?” She proceeded to raise her voice even more and say “You F***ING A***OLE!!! I HOPE YOU DIE!!!” She kept yelling at me, but I had already turned my back and walked away.

Oh yeah, within 10 feet of this incident, was a playground with maybe 5-10 kids playing. Real classy.

A post about “nothing”

You’ve probably never heard of Chuck Douglas Booth, unless you’re related to him.  You probably won’t hear about him again unless the local news does something when he is in your area.  Who is he?  Well, he’s just a guy trying to catch a double-header today, in two different states!  Here’s the story from the Detroit Free Press.

In other news, I’m not sure how many times this video has been around the web already, but here’s another link for it.  Italian Spider Man is GREAT!  There’s several episodes as well as some knock-offs.  Here’s the trailer:

And just for fun, let’s watch something painful from the past:

Join my fantasy football league!

I am looking at doing a pay league via Yahoo, as I like their format the best and it seems most user friendly.

Here’s the breakdown of the league scoring/rules:

Scoring Type: Head-to-Head
Start Scoring on: Week 1
Can’t Cut List Provider: None
Max Moves: No maximum
Max Acquisitions per Week: No maximum
Max Trades: No maximum
Trade Reject Time: 2
Trade End Date: November 14, 2008
Trade Review: Commissioner
Waiver Time: 1 day
Post Draft Players: Follow Waiver Rules
Playoffs: Week 15 and 16 (4 teams)
Roster Positions: QB, WR, WR, RB, RB, TE, W/R, K, DEF, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN
Stat Categories: Completions (.1)
Passing Yards (25 yards per point; 2.5 points at 300 yards; 3.5 points at 400 yards; 5 points at 500 yards)
Passing Touchdowns (4)
Interceptions (-2)
Sacks (-1)
Rushing Yards (10 yards per point; 2.5 points at 100 yards; 3.5 points at 200 yards; 5 points at 250 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (6)
Receptions (0.5)
Reception Yards (10 yards per point; 2.5 points at 100 yards; 3.5 points at 200 yards; 5 points at 250 yards)
Reception Touchdowns (6)
2-Point Conversions (2)
Fumbles Lost (-2)
Field Goals 0-19 Yards (3)
Field Goals 20-29 Yards (3)
Field Goals 30-39 Yards (3)
Field Goals 40-49 Yards (4)
Field Goals 50+ Yards (5)
Field Goals Missed 0-19 Yards (-1)
Field Goals Missed 20-29 Yards (-1)
Field Goals Missed 30-39 Yards (-1)
Field Goals Missed 40-49 Yards (0)
Field Goals Missed 50+ Yards (0)
Point After Attempt Made (1)
Point After Attempt Missed (-1)
Sack (1)
Interception (2)
Fumble Recovery (2)
Touchdown (6)
Safety (2)
Block Kick (2)
Return Yards (50 yards per point)
Kickoff and Punt Return Touchdowns (6)
Points Allowed 0 points (10)
Points Allowed 1-6 points (7)
Points Allowed 7-13 points (4)
Points Allowed 14-20 points (1)
Points Allowed 21-27 points (-1)
Points Allowed 28-34 points (-4)
Points Allowed 35+ points (-7)
Fractional Points: Yes
Negative Points: Yes

Here’s what would come with a pay league:
– Live stats
– Extensive weekly and draft scouting reports
– Advanced controls for scoring/stats (more customization)
– Prizes (Cash!)

Here’s what I’m thinking for prizes:
– $10 weekly high scoring team (16 weeks * $10 = $160)
– $10 weekly high scoring player (I would probably do NOT on the same team as the high scoring team, but that’s up for debate) (16 weeks * $10 = $160)
– Lump sum grand prize or 1st/2nd place prizes (I’m thinking $160 grand prize, $35 2nd place = $195)

League setup costs $124.99

So, some easy math
160 + 160 + 160 + 35 + 125 = $640

$640/8 teams = $80/team.

If that sounds like too much money, we can either increase the number of teams or decrease the prizes. There’s other ways to add to prize amounts, like charging for trades/transactions, etc.