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NFL Conference Championships
« on: January 19, 2014, 06:41:50 PM »
I must be the only one watching football again this weekend....

Well, Denver kicked New England's asses today so Peyton gets another shot at a Superbowl, and in Eli's stadium to boot!

The Seahawks are about to kick off against the 49ers in Seattle, and if you feel the ground shaking where you are, that's the 12th Man in Seattle......

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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 06:52:39 PM »
Omaha!
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 06:55:26 PM »
I may have to go watch upstairs.  My husband is screaming at the TV and it's only the first five minutes of the game.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 06:58:56 PM »
I may have to go watch upstairs.  My husband is screaming at the TV and it's only the first five minutes of the game.

yah...us too...that first play from scrimmage was a howler....

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 07:01:53 PM »
I wish I had a dime for very "Omaha!"  Ol' Peyton really had the Pats stymied.
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 07:09:59 PM »
I wish I had a dime for very "Omaha!"  Ol' Peyton really had the Pats stymied.

I'm thinking it actually has no meaning whatsoever, just a filler word that he picked out for some reason.
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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 07:18:50 PM »
So what is Peyton Manning signaling when he yells "Omaha! Omaha!" at the line of scrimmage?

He joked about it this week when a reporter asked him to explain, saying it was a run call … or a pass call … or sometimes a play-action fake call, depending on which direction the wind is blowing, which way Denver's offense is heading and the jerseys the Broncos are wearing.

But, really, what is he doing with that call? He sure barks it out enough, at least 40 times in the divisional playoff game against San Diego.

While it's always tricky to try to decipher what a quarterback's cryptic audibles mean, particularly with a master of deception such as Manning, one quarterback expert has a logical explanation.

Rick Neuheisel, former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, said "Omaha" is typically a way of alerting the offense of when the ball will be snapped, especially in no-huddle situations when a quarterback can't relay the snap count to the group.

"When I say 'Omaha,' I'm telling the offense to go on the next sound," said Neuheisel, who played quarterback at UCLA three decades before he was head coach there.

But that's not always the case. Neuheisel said that Manning will have a code word — a "freeze" call that probably changes every week — that essentially tells the offense to ignore the upcoming Omaha. That way, he barks the freeze word, then "Omaha," in an effort to: a) get the defense to tip its hand on what it plans to do, and b) draw defenders offside.  ...
Read the rest at L.A. Times
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 07:44:01 PM »
OMAHA !!!!!! 


Not only is Peyton Manning heading to his third Super Bowl, he made $24,800 for his charity during the AFC Championship Game. Eight businesses will donate the money to Manning's Peyback Foundation after they committed to donate a combined $800 for each time he said the word "Omaha" at the line of scrimmage. Manning said "Omaha" 31 times during Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/10319465/2013-nfl-playoffs-peyton-manning-raises-24800-charity-31-omaha-calls-new-england-patriots

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 08:24:26 PM »
I hope Omaha Insurance is buying some Super Bowl spots. 

Take advantage of this opportunity.  It's priceless.

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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 08:28:00 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 08:36:53 PM »
So what is Peyton Manning signaling when he yells "Omaha! Omaha!" at the line of scrimmage?

He joked about it this week when a reporter asked him to explain, saying it was a run call … or a pass call … or sometimes a play-action fake call, depending on which direction the wind is blowing, which way Denver's offense is heading and the jerseys the Broncos are wearing.

But, really, what is he doing with that call? He sure barks it out enough, at least 40 times in the divisional playoff game against San Diego.

While it's always tricky to try to decipher what a quarterback's cryptic audibles mean, particularly with a master of deception such as Manning, one quarterback expert has a logical explanation.

Rick Neuheisel, former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, said "Omaha" is typically a way of alerting the offense of when the ball will be snapped, especially in no-huddle situations when a quarterback can't relay the snap count to the group.

"When I say 'Omaha,' I'm telling the offense to go on the next sound," said Neuheisel, who played quarterback at UCLA three decades before he was head coach there.

But that's not always the case. Neuheisel said that Manning will have a code word — a "freeze" call that probably changes every week — that essentially tells the offense to ignore the upcoming Omaha. That way, he barks the freeze word, then "Omaha," in an effort to: a) get the defense to tip its hand on what it plans to do, and b) draw defenders offside.  ...
Read the rest at L.A. Times


The answer is: it depends.  Sometimes it may mean nothing, other times it may be a special teams call, but only if he calls OMAHA! OMAHA!...they also do a lot of pointing and calling out new player's numbers who just came in for a defensive special team play, like a blitz.  It is a great way to add a distraction to the defense, because they are asking themselves just what the hell it means this time.

Same goes with HURRY! HURRY!

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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 08:48:51 PM »
Marshawn Lynch...

One of my friends was telling me that the NFL fined him $50,000 for refusing to give interviews, which is part of his contract.  He is a rough customer...native of the 'hood in Oakland with a personality like a bent shitcan.  Someone asked him what he though about NFL players and disciplinary problems on and off the field and he said something to the effect of "You give a 20 year old kid from the hood 20 million dollars, and what the &*%# do you expect him to do?"

But what a runner...Seattle just isn't at all hesitant to run him right down San Fran's throat every single time, and eventually he wears 'em down and punches a hole in the defense...

What a guy....

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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2014, 09:12:08 PM »
I swear before this is over we're gonna see Jim Harbaugh's head explode like a Martian hearing a Slim Whitman melody.........

Pete is crazy like an old fox....

20-17 Seattle

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It will be the Pot Bowl.....
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 09:54:18 PM »
And the Seahawks are going to meet Denver in the Superbowl!

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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2014, 10:05:14 PM »
Whew!  The defense came through.  They'd better tighten it up before they meet Denver, though!
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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 10:10:52 PM »
Prediction:
Denver 35
Seattle 10
Final
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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 11:05:34 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 11:55:58 PM »
Sports Illustrated NFL Preview 2013 THE NEW KINGS    (And one remains)

 *Wilson

 Kaepernick

 RG3

 Luck

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« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2014, 12:00:35 AM »
All the media talk about Wilson not able to throw 200 Yard games, and Lynch having a tough time getting 100 yards was shot to hell in one game.  love seeing all these so-called experts looking like fools.


Wilson   16/25   215 Yards

Kaepernick  14/24  153


Lynch   109 Yards

Gore  14 Yards
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« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2014, 12:05:02 AM »
Fireworks going off in my neighborhood still. The Seahawks training camp is just down the hill from us, so this win feels so very close to home. 

 That game was the epic battle of the day if not the year.   

 
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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2014, 10:22:16 AM »
22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview
Tommy Tomlinson, Forbes



1. So the Seahawks beat the 49ers to go to the Super Bowl, and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made the game-saving play, and Erin Andrews interviewed him on the field immediately after the game, and he hollered like a crazy person.

2. Within seconds people on social media were calling him a fool, a thug, a classless jerk and many worse things.

3. Sherman is black, and so of course there was an undercurrent of race to some — OK, a lot — of the discussion.

4. Sherman graduated second in his class in high school and also graduated from Stanford. So not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.

5. His degree from Stanford was in communications … which might explain why, while he seemed to be hollering like a crazy person, he didn’t curse and looked into the camera the whole time.

6. In other words, he might have just been auditioning for the WWE.

7. Maybe 15 minutes later, when Sherman sat down with the Fox  NFL guys, he was calm and funny.

8. If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.

9. Ninety-nine percent of on-field interviews are boring and useless. The TV networks do them anyway for the 1 percent of the time they get a moment like Richard Sherman.

10. As a reporter and writer, that raw emotion — whatever form it takes — is exactly what I hope for. That’s why media people fight for access to locker rooms. After players and coaches cool off, most of them turn into Crash Davis, reading from the book of cliches.

11. But we — the media, and fans in general — don’t know what we want. We rip athletes for giving us boring quotes. But if they say what they actually feel, we rip them for spouting off or showing a lack of class.

12. It’s like we want them to be thinking, Well, that was a fine contest, and jolly good that we won. Which NO athlete is EVER thinking.

13. As a side note: Richard Sherman also called out Skip Bayless on Bayless’ own show, which trumps pretty much anything bad that Richard Sherman has done in his life.

14. So: Did you watch the game?

15. Did you see the two most physical teams in football beat each other half to death? Did you see all the brutal hits? Did you see all the players who couldn’t get up after the play? Did you see all those guys who had to be helped off the field?

 16. Did you see NaVorro Bowman, the stud linebacker for the 49ers, wreck his knee when a Seattle player fell on it? I’m not sure how you could’ve missed it — Fox must have shown the replay 20 times.

17. (I understand that it was a big play — Bowman recovered a fumble at the goal line, although the refs called it the other way. It deserved another look. But still: Can’t you crop out Bowman’s crumpled knee, or put a black bar over it, or something? After one or two replays, isn’t it just injury porn?)

18. Anyway: That was the kind of game it was. Rough and angry and so violent that at times it was hard to watch.

19. This, of course, is part of the attraction of football. And part of the reason so many players leave the sport crippled and concussed.

20. Richard Sherman made the big play Sunday. His team is going to the Super Bowl.

21. More important, he survived the carnage.

22. It seems to me that the only proper response to surviving something like that is to holler like a crazy person.
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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 10:43:29 AM »
The Seattle/SF game was a great one, but methinks the 'Niners were robbed by the refs, who called for the homies all night.  When two teams are this evenly matched, the refs can make the difference in the game, and the failure to call roughing the kicker may well have cost the 49ers the championship.  It wasn't the only instance of home field officiating in this game, unfortunately.  It went on throughout the game, and it was a shame to see.  You expect the fans to be against you -- the twelfth man -- but the refs made 13 and that was just too much for SF to overcome.  I think anyone who saw the game would have to admit the 49ers played a better game of football than the Seahawks.

On the other hand, the Seahawks  earned their home field advantage, and that was, in the end, the deciding factor.
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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2014, 10:54:26 AM »
The Seattle/SF game was a great one, but methinks the 'Niners were robbed by the refs, who called for the homies all night.  When two teams are this evenly matched, the refs can make the difference in the game, and the failure to call roughing the kicker may well have cost the 49ers the championship.  It wasn't the only instance of home field officiating in this game, unfortunately.  It went on throughout the game, and it was a shame to see.  You expect the fans to be against you -- the twelfth man -- but the refs made 13 and that was just too much for SF to overcome.  I think anyone who saw the game would have to admit the 49ers played a better game of football than the Seahawks.

On the other hand, the Seahawks  earned their home field advantage, and that was, in the end, the deciding factor.

I gotta agree with you about the Refs.  There is no excuse for those kinds of calls, especially during the playoffs, and even more especially during a Conference championship game with two teams as closely matched as these two were.  One would think the NFL would ensure their "A" Team was on hand to call these games but apparently not.


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« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 11:00:35 AM »
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

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Re: NFL Conference Championships
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2014, 12:19:44 PM »
22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview
Tommy Tomlinson, Forbes



1. So the Seahawks beat the 49ers to go to the Super Bowl, and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made the game-saving play, and Erin Andrews interviewed him on the field immediately after the game, and he hollered like a crazy person.

2. Within seconds people on social media were calling him a fool, a thug, a classless jerk and many worse things.

3. Sherman is black, and so of course there was an undercurrent of race to some — OK, a lot — of the discussion.

4. Sherman graduated second in his class in high school and also graduated from Stanford. So not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.

5. His degree from Stanford was in communications … which might explain why, while he seemed to be hollering like a crazy person, he didn’t curse and looked into the camera the whole time.

6. In other words, he might have just been auditioning for the WWE.

7. Maybe 15 minutes later, when Sherman sat down with the Fox  NFL guys, he was calm and funny.

8. If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.

9. Ninety-nine percent of on-field interviews are boring and useless. The TV networks do them anyway for the 1 percent of the time they get a moment like Richard Sherman.

10. As a reporter and writer, that raw emotion — whatever form it takes — is exactly what I hope for. That’s why media people fight for access to locker rooms. After players and coaches cool off, most of them turn into Crash Davis, reading from the book of cliches.

11. But we — the media, and fans in general — don’t know what we want. We rip athletes for giving us boring quotes. But if they say what they actually feel, we rip them for spouting off or showing a lack of class.

12. It’s like we want them to be thinking, Well, that was a fine contest, and jolly good that we won. Which NO athlete is EVER thinking.

13. As a side note: Richard Sherman also called out Skip Bayless on Bayless’ own show, which trumps pretty much anything bad that Richard Sherman has done in his life.

14. So: Did you watch the game?

15. Did you see the two most physical teams in football beat each other half to death? Did you see all the brutal hits? Did you see all the players who couldn’t get up after the play? Did you see all those guys who had to be helped off the field?

 16. Did you see NaVorro Bowman, the stud linebacker for the 49ers, wreck his knee when a Seattle player fell on it? I’m not sure how you could’ve missed it — Fox must have shown the replay 20 times.

17. (I understand that it was a big play — Bowman recovered a fumble at the goal line, although the refs called it the other way. It deserved another look. But still: Can’t you crop out Bowman’s crumpled knee, or put a black bar over it, or something? After one or two replays, isn’t it just injury porn?)

18. Anyway: That was the kind of game it was. Rough and angry and so violent that at times it was hard to watch.

19. This, of course, is part of the attraction of football. And part of the reason so many players leave the sport crippled and concussed.

20. Richard Sherman made the big play Sunday. His team is going to the Super Bowl.

21. More important, he survived the carnage.

22. It seems to me that the only proper response to surviving something like that is to holler like a crazy person.


I thought that interview was great, I was hoping that he continued it later as well!!  I really enjoyed hearing him say exactly what was on his mind!!

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