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N ‘if’ L: What if the ‘Tuck Rule’ was different?

Ever wonder how different the NFL would look had the ‘Tuck Rule game’ gone the way of the Raiders? Well, wonder no more in this second animated edition of the ‘N-if-L’, the gangbusters segment taken from the Dave Dameshek Football Program. Available on iTunes.

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That’s football, fella

After taking a beating by the Giants, Vick was just looking for somebody to love him. (Associated Press)

After injuring his hand Sunday, one week after suffering a concussion, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick vented about officials in the postgame press conference, saying, “More precautions should be taken when I’m inside the pocket. … I don’t know why I don’t get the 15-yard flags like everybody else do.” Does Vick have a point or was this just frustration talking?

Sorry, Mikey, but the defensive players are still allowed to hit you. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out a Bears game and see how many shots Jay Cutler takes. Everyone’s not as lucky as Tom Brady, who gets to stand in the pocket flatfooted until he finds a wide receiver who strikes his fancy.

Besides, hanging in the pocket all day ain’t your bag — you’re also a tremendous threat with your legs. On behalf of Andy Reid and Eagles fans everywhere, that’s great … but you’ve gotta expect that defensive players — who are big, fast and paid handsomely to hit you — are gonna do their best to stop you from doing so.

To get the answers from some of my colleagues here at NFL.com, view that here.

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R.E.M.’s best album (for the last 1612 weeks)

8. New Adventures in Hi-Fi
7. Automatic for the People
6. Green
5. Fables of the Reconstruction
4. Murmur
3. Document
2. Reckoning
1. Life’s Rich Pageant

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The Jets are smoke and mirrors

Today NFL.com asked which 2-0 is the most likely to remain undefeated the longest. Here was my response.

Sorry to be boring, but I’ll go with the Packers. They’re the league’s best team, and their schedule sets up well enough for them to make it to November undefeated. Of their next five games (at Chicago, vs. Denver, at Atlanta, vs. St. Louis, at Minnesota), only the trip to the Georgia Dome raises a red flag, but I’m no so sure the Falcons are an elite team. Keep in mind they’d likely be 0-2 if Vick hadn’t bonked his head on his own teammate.

The Patriots also have a chance in spite of a tougher schedule. Why? Because they’re the sickeningly efficient Patriots, that’s why. And I’ll tell you one team that definitely won’t go unblemished much longer: the New York Jetropolitans. Their next seven games are at Oakland, at Baltimore, at New England, vs. Miami, vs. San Diego, at Buffalo and vs. New England. Sounds like a recipe for 4-7 to me. And no, I didn’t bring up “recipe” as a joke on Rex Ryan. Although I should have.

For the comments of my contemporaries at NFL.com, you can read it here.

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Best egg preparations (for the week of September 19, 2011)

5. Greek omelet
4. Over-easy
3. Poached
2. Scrambled with onions and lox
1. Hard-boiled

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DDFP: Eternal Life and the Nature of Fandom


Shek and Rank welcome the author of ‘The Postmortal’ / Deadspin writer / all-around swell fella, Drew Magary, to kibbitz about eternal life, rooting for the Vikings, and forcing your kids to cheer for your teams; Shek and Rank also discuss the big stories of Week 1, including Tony Romo’s choke, the Steelers’ defensive collapse, and Chad 85′s affection for his new team; the guys then jump in the DeLorean and take it up to 88 miles per hour to see which teams win Week 2′s biggest games. You’ll like it — or your money back.

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The best Packers jersey to own? It ain’t Favre’s

Some weeks ago on an episode of the Dave Dameshek Football Program, my main man, Adam Rank, and I discussed the importance of buying the right jersey in these economically difficult days for our nation. Unless you make Nnamdi-type loot, you probably can’t afford to buy several players’ jerseys from your favorite team before you finally arrive at the perfect choice. Like Luke Skywalker flying his X-wing in the Death Star, you’ve only got one shot… so it better not just impact on the surface.

Rather than relying on the Force, though, how ‘bout if we help each other — team-by-team — to arrive at the optimal choice for a fan to sport. And where better to start off than in Green Bay, home to the defending Super Bowl champeens? Here’s my tentative list …

1. Max McGee’s green No. 85 – what’s cooler than going on a late-night bender on the eve of the first Super Bowl, then catching two touchdowns in the big game? (Answer: nothing… especially in the beer country of Wisconsin)
2. Aaron Rodgers’ green No. 12 – the man who needed only three years to equal his predecessor’s Lombardi total. Green, ‘cause that’s what he wore in Cowboys Stadium vs. Pittsburgh
3. Paul Hornung’s white No. 5 – the road jersey goes better with the fair hair of the All-America running back
4. Ray Nitschke’s No. 66 (green or white) – in sports history, only Mario Lemieux wore the number better
5. Bart Starr’s green No. 15 – Favre may have all the individual passing records, but Bart’s got the championships. Besides, the name ‘Starr’ just looks cool on the back of a jersey

…Before we etch it stone, I’d appreciate your input. Please be a dear and write your suggestions in the comments section. As you may have noticed, Favre’s name doesn’t appear. Feel free to make your case… but considering he abandoned the green-and-gold to go play for the Jets and arch-rival Vikings, you better be quite a wordsmith to convince me you’re right. By the way, if you’re wondering what the worst jersey is, the correct answer is Mark Chmura’s No. 89. If you don’t know why, search his name and “high school party” on Google.