Richard-cNILE Posted October 13, 2008 Share Posted October 13, 2008 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Strange Days IndeedBy: RichardC-NileStanding at a local Quick Trip filling my car with gasoline on Friday evening, I commented to the lady on the opposite side of the pump "seems strange that just a week ago you couldn't get gasoline in Atlanta, today it's about a dollar a gallon cheaper and you and I are the only ones here buying gas."From $150 barrels of oil to $80 a barrel, record high stock prices erased in a week panic selling, the center of capitalism transformed to socialism, banks giving pre-approved credit cards to children, dogs and dead people and now banks won't even lend to other banks. In these strange days isn't it great that we have a QB who is as consistent as Matt Ryan? From losing by one point to winning by two points over a time span of about 18 seconds. Everything seems to move in extremes these days and so it is that the Atlanta Falcons who endured so much last year are tied with 5 other teams for second place in the NFC. Strange days and extreme changes can be good, bad and sometimes ugly so here's my GBU for week 6. Let me know yours. The Good:8 - There were only eight passes thrown by Matt Ryan on Sunday that were not caught for completions. Finneran dropped one that hit both of his hands, Jenkins let a TD slide through his fingers and there were a few others that should have been caught. 22 of 30 against the Bears defense is good. What that number doesn't tell you is the down and distance when each pass was completed. On the second series of the game, 3rd and 16, Ryan rainbows a pass over a retreating Linebacker to Harry Douglass who ran about a 17 yard out (down the field and out toward the sideline). From my seats the ball was coming right toward me and even though the bears LB was not facing me, I could tell his eyes were the size of saucers. That ball was an INT waiting to happen, the LB jumped but it was just out of his reach and Douglass plucked it from the air for a first down. Ryan had about 20 other very nice passes all of which paled in comparison to his last pass which had no chance of being blown off course due to the fact that the remaining 60,000 people in the stadium, both Falcons and Bears fans were all holding their breath. Halloween already? Roddy White is turning into a beast (did I spell that right?). Not since Terrence Mathis and Tony Martin have we seen a bona-fide number one wide receiver on the Falcons roster. Mr. Hester, meet Jerious: Hester has earned his respect, but on Sunday, Jerious Norwood showed Hester why NFL stands for Not For Long. O-Line: The offensive line gave up zero sacks against a great Bear Defense. Solo Sack: Give it up for JA98! He finally got a sack and had two batted balls. Nice work! The Bad:Bears Run D – You have to give credit where it's due. These guys know how to play some defense. Chip Shot – I played golf Saturday for the first time in about 10 years. Surprisingly I hit the ball well, but my short game was terrible. Jason Elam missing that chip shot in the fourth quarter was just as terrible. Yes, he kicked the 48 yarder to win, but if he had made that chip shot, it would have been a two score game and Bears only had one timeout left. Officials – The officials weren’t terrible, but there were some odd calls. The illegal snap call against Todd McClure was strange. I watched that play 10 times on my DVR and couldn't see anything. Then there was the call against the Bear's defense for delay of game. Then offensive pass interference against Roddy White when he was going for the football and the DB was impeding his route. The Ugly:Steven: If you look at the box score, this game was so even steven that it was funny. Both teams were 3-2, both losses for both teams were to the Panthers and Bucs. After three quarters 14 minutes and 49 seconds, the scoreboard showed 1 point difference NFL.Com Box Score Bearhug: With three Bears fans sitting in front of us, I felt I should be a good sport and congratulate them after they kicked their extra point to take the lead with 11 seconds remaining. I put my hand on the guys shoulder and said, “Good game dude, congrat’s.” He turned around, still excited from the extra point and hugged me. Then apologized and said “Sorry, this is my first game ever and I just can’t believe this.” I laughed and said “no worries.” Little did he or I know that in these strange days, things would change quickly. Go Falcons! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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