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BlacksburgHokie

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  1. Not going to get many that are that wide open. Have to hit that, especially since we had been setting it up all game with the quick sideline routes.
  2. And that's one of the many reasons why we keep Finn around. How many 34 year old players still play special teams in this league?
  3. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SPECIAL TEAMS COMES THROUGH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  4. Could this be the game where we finally put all 3 phases together for 60 mins? 20 mins of good football so far
  5. That's one way to keep them from getting a big return Let's see if Flacco can put a drive together here - he's looked scared so far
  6. Maybe a good night to watch the game on mute and listen to the radio call? Looks like the worst booth in the history of the NFL to me...
  7. You underrate our 2008 season Carolina went 12-4 Bears went 9-7 Bucs went 9-7 Broncos went 8-8 Saints went 8-8 5/8 games against teams .500 or above (and 4-1 against those teams) 2009 is a different story, but Ryan didn't have a chance to show much since we only played 2 games at home against teams with winning records and we lost both of those games with Redman as the starter. It should be noted that he was 6-0 in home games against mostly lesser teams (although Miami and Chicago went 7-9 and the Panthers went 8-8). This year, we played the Bucs at home who are better than .500 and won. 3-0 against lesser teams. So overall, Falcons at home with Matt Ryan as starter: Against teams .500 or better (good teams): 6-1 Against teams below .500 (bad teams): 11-0
  8. You have to "like" their official Facebook page, then there's a tab on the top that links to a Ticketmaster page where you can get the free tickets. With processing fees, it looks like the cost is actually around 3 or 4 dollars, but that's still a pretty good deal IMO.
  9. Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year. Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program. Prior to Newton's commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take "more than a scholarship" to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said. After Newton committed to Auburn, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret about his change of commitment from Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because "the money was too much." The NCAA is investigating allegations surrounding the Newtons in regards to the recruiting process. Cam Newton, who is having a Heisman-caliber season for No. 2 Auburn, declined comment. Cecil Newton, who previously has denied any wrongdoing, did not respond to an e-mail request for comment Tuesday night. Auburn did not respond to a request for comment. The school has repeatedly said it looked into Newton's recruitment and that he remains eligible. Earlier Tuesday, Auburn found itself defending Newton in the wake of allegations of academic cheating when he was at Florida. The Tigers' coach, Gene Chizik, dismissed a FoxSports.com report as "pure garbage" in an emotional 4-minute, 25-second rant. "I'm standing up here on a very important week trying to defend something that's garbage," Chizik said. Auburn faces Georgia on Saturday. FoxSports.com reported Monday that Newton was caught cheating three times and was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida's Student Committee facing possible expulsion during the spring semester of 2009. Newton transferred to Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, where he played last season. He declined to discuss the latest report, which came on the heels of former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond telling ESPN.com that someone claiming to represent the Newton family sought money during his recruitment by the school. Sources told ESPN.com the man who said he was representing the Newtons was Kenny Rogers, who played in the 1980s for Mississippi State alongside Bond. "I'm not going to entertain something that took place not three months, not six months, not a year but two years ago," Cam Newton said. "I'm not going to sit up here and say anything about it, whether I did or did not do it, because I don't want to beat a dead horse talking about it. It's not going to affect me any way, shape or fashion." Cecil Newton talked about the allegations earlier Tuesday on Paul Finebaum's syndicated sports talk radio show in Alabama. "This is a character assassination attempt," he said on the show. "Who is going to profit and why are they are going to profit? We sure don't. "I think there's a group of people who have a hidden agenda and don't want to see him as a Heisman nominee, let alone winner," he said. In Gainesville, Florida coach Urban Meyer said in a statement that neither he nor anyone on his staff leaked information on Newton's academic record, calling it a "ridiculous claim." "For anyone to think that I or anyone on our staff may have leaked information about private student records to the media doesn't know us very well," Meyer said. "It's a ridiculous claim and simply not true." Cam Newton said Meyer was a man of integrity. "I would hope he wouldn't say anything like that," he said. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who also recruited Newton out of Blinn, said he saw "nothing at all" out of the ordinary during that process. "Our recruitment of Cameron could not have been better, or was just fine," Stoops said. "I didn't notice anything and none of our coaches did as we were recruiting him. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5786315
  10. If you are asking if anyone in the media actually watched the game, the answer to that is obviously no. A few of them might have caught the 2-play ESPN "highlight package" of Turner running into the endzone and the goal-line stand, but I have zero confidence that any of the "expects" actually watched the whole game...
  11. For me, I'd have to say that McClure is definitely up there with the likes of Matt and Roddy as far as my favorite player on the team. As the longest tenured Falcon on the roster, he fought his way from being a 7th round pick who suffered an ACL injury his second day of his first training camp to being the iron man of the team, only missing one start since he took over the center duties in 2000. He's started 16 games for 8 consecutive seasons and is still working on a franchise-record 136 game starting streak. Beyond just the durability, the toughness and technique that he displays on a weekly basis are outstanding as well. Never the biggest or strongest guy, he became a master of things like leverage and angles, never flashy but always able to get the job done. Whether we were running a zone or traditional scheme, he always adapted and was able to be a productive member of the line. In the 9 seasons that he's started, there have been 6 1000 yard rushers for the Falcons. I know every offseason people seem to say that we need to get bigger/stronger/better at center, but I have a ton of respect for the career that McClure has been able to carve out for himself and hope that he can keep on going for at least another few years. To me, his toughness and determination personify everything that a football player should be...
  12. You could look at the schedule of every team in the league and point to at least one questionable loss either to lesser competition or by a large margin against a good team. The Eagles lost by double digits to the Titans and at home to a very iffy Redskins team, and the Giants took two thumpings in consecutive weeks where they lost by a combined margin of 67-24, just to name two examples...
  13. If the coaching staff has no hand signals to communicate that they want a dive play up the middle on 4th and short, that's bad planning on their part. Football is a game of adversity and if you can't handle something as small as a radio headset failing, then perhaps you don't deserve to win the game...
  14. It should tell you something that they chose to cut him instead of placing him on IR; if they thought he was healthy, they would have activated him, and if they thought he could recover, they would have put him on IR and tried again next year. Also, remember the GB was hurt in the playoffs last year because they had so many injuries at corner, so why would they be eager to repeat that mistake if they thought that he had anything left? Additionally, Harris has virtually no value on special teams so it would put that much more stress on the other special teamers if we had to carry a backup who couldn't carry his own weight back there.
  15. Yeah I enjoyed too how the headline for the PFT blurb about the game was "Josh Freeman can't lead comeback victories every week", where they basically talked about how the Bucs lost the game for the first 4 paragraphs. They then start the 5th paragraph with their first mention of the Falcons by saying "We don't want to totally ignore the Falcons here"... http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/07/josh-freeman-cant-lead-comeback-victories-every-week/
  16. I agree with what most of the people here are saying - if you can afford it, it really is worth it to try to stay at the Omni or somewhere else around Centennial Olympic Park where you can just walk to the game. Also, the World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium are right there, which are cool things to do as well if you get a chance. Otherwise, stay somewhere out on the perimeter or near the airport and ride the MARTA in. What is nice is if you stay at an airport hotel, most have free shuttles to and from the Airport where a MARTA station is. Very convenient if you are flying in for the game, and very safe too since you don't even have to walk from a MARTA station to a hotel or anything...
  17. No, but the fact that he's the vocal leader of a defense that has quit as much as any defense I've ever seen is interesting to consider. But you are right that it sure looked like he wanted to be out of there as much as anyone on the roster as the game wore down...
  18. “We just knew that Blount would run to the strong side,” Babineaux said. “Fortunately we were prepared for that play given than we practiced it over and over this week. The opportunity came and our entire defense stepped up and made a play.” http://www.atlantafalcons.com/2010/11/wrap-atl-tb-10/ I knew there was great execution on the play, but that's great scouting and great coaching to see that tendency and take advantage of it in a key moment...
  19. Just saw Abe tweet this: "Cowboys don't even look like they tryn now that shows u a team is done" Sounds about right...
  20. I said in Sunday's quick slants, but will repeat it here: The Bucs impressed me more Sunday in defeat than in any of their victories this year. Tampa Bay came up a few yards short of a victory, but nearly stole one on the road when Atlanta threatened to put them away a few times. It's a tough team with a few surprising individual players (Mike Williams, Michael Spurlock, Aqib Talib.) While I may believe in moral victories, Raheem Morris knows it doesn't mean much. He's willing to admit his squad is no longer the best in the NFC: (There's an embedded video you can watch at the link) http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/11/07/raheem-morris-bucs-no-longer-best-team-in-the-nfc/
  21. They are a good team but it's not like they are unbeatable - they lost to the Bengals and got taken to overtime by the winless Bills after all. If we can go out and play 60 minutes of good football, I believe we have a petty good chance of winning...
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