Dec 312012
 

nfl_logosHere are the opponent pairings for the 2013 season, as announced today by the NFL.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers

Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans

New York Jets

Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders

Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans

Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers

Cleveland Browns

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens

Indianapolis Colts

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns

Tennessee Titans

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens

Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs

Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

Away: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills

Oakland Raiders

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New York Jets

San Diego Chargers

Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints

Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams

Detroit Lions

Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals

Green Bay Packers

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers

Minnesota Vikings

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Washington Redskins

Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Giants

Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Detroit Lions

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

Home: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions

Away: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Home: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers

Away: Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

Seattle Seahawks

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants

St. Louis Rams

Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears

Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys

Dec 312012
 

ken-whisenhuntGM Rod Graves and Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt were fired by the Arizona Cardinals today, one day after the team’s 27-13 loss to the 49ers that capped off a disappointing 5-11 season.

The Cardinals began the year 4-0, but then went into a tailspin, dropping their next ten games as their lack of quarterback play undermined the team’s stout defense. The team ended the year with Brian Hoyer starting as the team’s fourth different starter for the year.

In his six seasons at the helm, Whisenhunt posted a 45-51 record plus 4-2 in the post-season. The Cardinals reached the Super Bowl in the 2008 season, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Dec 312012
 

Norv TurnerTo absolutely no one’s surprise, GM AJ Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner have been fired by the club after yet another season of unfulfilled expectations.

The Chargers went 7-9 this season, one game worse than last year’s 8-8 finish. The Chargers last made the post-season in 2008, and were 56-40 under Turner, plus 4-3 in the post-season. The Chargers never got to the Super Bowl under Turner, and seemed excel is generating hype that was never matched by the team’s play on the field.

What remains to be seen is whether or not, once hired, the new regime in San Diego sees Philip Rivers as the quarterback who can get the team back to the Super Bowl.

Dec 312012
 

Romeo CrennelHead Coach Romeo Crennel has been fired by the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City went 2-14 this season, earning the first overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The 65 year old Crennel built his career as a defensive genius, winning three Super Bowls in New England as the defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick, but has struggled as an NFL head coach, going just 28-55. Crennel was 4-15 in Kansas City, coaching the Chiefs to a 2-1 record in the final three weeks of the 2011 season.

The Chiefs appear to be leaning towards keeping GM Scott Pioli, but no final decision has been communicated yet. Chiefs’ owner Clark Hunt may be inclined to give the 47 year old Pioli a chance to turn the situation around with the top draft pick in hand.

 

Dec 312012
 

lovie-smithThe Chicago Bears have fired Head Coach Lovie Smith after the team posted a 10-6 record, but failed to make the playoffs for a second straight season. The Bears made the playoffs in only three of Smith’s nine seasons as head coach, where he posted a 81-63 regular season mark and was 3-3 on the playoffs, reaching the Super Bowl in the 2006 season before losing to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Buffalo Bills have fired Chan Gailey after three seasons with the team. The Bills were 16-32 during his tenure. This season’s 6-10 record was a major disappointment after the Bills went on an off-season spending spree to try and improve their defense.

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the firing of Gene Smith as GM. This was an expected decision, as new owner Shad Khan is looking to put his own management team together. It is likely that Head Coach Mike Mularkey will be joining Smith in the unemployment line soon. the Jaguars finished 2012 at 2-14.

Dec 312012
 

andy-reidThey are falling fast and furious this morning.

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired Head Coach Andy Reid, who guided the team to a 4-12 record this season, following the “Dream Team’s” 8-8 performance last season. Reid has been the Head Coach since 1999, compiling a 130-93-1 record in his time with the team and a 10-9 post-season record that included seven division titles and four trips to the NFC Championship Game, but only one Super Bowl appearance, where they lost to the Patriots during the 2004 season.

“Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come,” Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future.”

Speculation will run rampant about where Reid will land for 2013, yet it is entirely possible that Reid will not land a head coaching position given the ones that are likely to be available. We will likely have our answer to this question in the next few weeks.

Dec 312012
 

Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum, and Woody JohnsonUltimately, New York Jets’ owner Woody Johnson has decided that final accountability for a failed 6-10 campaign rests with the guy shopping for the groceries, and had decided to fire GM Mike Tannenbaum. The Jets have opted to maintain Rex Ryan as their Head Coach for 2013.

“Mike devoted 15 years of service to the Jets, and I want to thank him for his hard work and dedication,” Johnson said in a statement. “Although he helped guide us to two consecutive AFC Championship games, we are not where we want to be, and a new general manager will be critical to getting this team back on the right track.”

The Jets of course, suffered through a terrible 2012, but the 8-8 record in 2011 was a warning of things to come for those who wished to see the signs. In truth, Head Coach Rex Ryan won with talent collected by Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini in his first season, reaching the AFC Championship Game before falling to the Colts after g0ing 9-7 and sneaking into the playoffs. In 2010, the Jets posted a respectable 11-5 record, again reaching the playoffs as a wildcard. The height of Ryan’s career was achieved when the Jets beat the Patriots in the division round before falling to the Steelers in the AFC Championship. In four years at the helm, Ryan is 34-30 during the regular season, and signs don’t look good for 2013. The Jets face salary cap hell, a poor starting quarterback with a prohibitive cap number, a disgruntled backup quarterback, and an absence of talent across the entire offense. Perhaps Johnson understands that a new head coach will make little difference in 2013 while the Jets begin to enter a rebuilding mode, or perhaps Johnson is still operating under the delusion that Ryan is the right guy for the job. In any event, it feels fair to say that the Jets appear to have fallen out of relevance in the AFC East for at least the near term.

Regarding Ryan, Johnson said, “I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team.” I’m not sure anyone is questioning his passion, talent, and driven, but rather whether or not Ryan has the aptitude to be a head coach as opposed to coordinator, whether he has the respect of his players (not just whether or not they like him), and whether or not he has been provided the talent to win with New Jersey’s second team.

Tannenbaum is likely to be most remembered for engineering the team that made two straight AFC Championship games, as well as for the “poison pill” contract offer that pried Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin from the Patriots when he served as director of player contract negotiations. Martin played for the Jets for eight seasons after spending his first three in Foxboro, rushing for over 14,000 yards in his career.

UPDATE: Despite the confidence expressed by Johnson, there are whispers that Ryan’s fate has not yet been decided. We should know final word of Ryan’s status in the next day or so.

Dec 312012
 

Pat Shurmur and Tom HeckertFat Jesus is probably a happy man this morning… sort of.

The Cleveland Browns have announced the firing of Head Coach Pat Shurmer after the Cleveland Browns closed a 5-11 season with a 24-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Shurmer was 9-23 in his two seasons as Head Coach, and his sideline miscues are well known by Browns’ fans.

But new Browns’ CEO Joe Banner also fired GM Tom Heckert, who was responsible for the improvements to the Browns’ roster that give the team hope for the future. Instead of performance issues with Heckert, it has been widely reported that Heckert expected to maintain control over the roster, something the new team isn’t in the mood to negotiate. By clearing out Heckert, the Browns get a clean slate moving forward and get to bring in their own staff. Banner issued the expected “this wasn’t an easy decision” statement, even though it was an easy decision. “This decision was not an easy one because of my relationship with Tom and Pat and the fact that they are both quality people,” Banner said. “Ultimately our objective is to put together an organization that will be the best at everything we do. On the field, our only goal is trying to win championships. I have a great deal of respect Tom and Pat, and I want to wish them and their families nothing but the best.”

While the Browns have an improved roster, and some youthful talent in Trent Richardson, Josh Gordon, and Joe Haden (yes, I’m still hedging on Brandon Weeden), no one will be able to make the claim that the next group coming in won with “Heckert’s team” because the fact of the matter is that the Browns are still several players away from being able to contend in the brutal AFC North.

Week 17 Picks

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Dec 272012
 

On the MoneyWe finally have a new leader.

Buoyed by a 14-2 showing this week, Ghost Rat overcame his two game deficit and snuck into the lead in our Gridiron Rats pick ’em contest, nudging one game ahead of Fat Jesus and two in front of Brodrick Kincaid. Country Preacher, LGBT, and Flip Stricland all went 12-4 this week, while Rat’s Widow, Fat Jesus, and Reyno Island came in at 11-5. Brod went 10-6, while even our Quarter had a good week at 9-7.

Here are the standings entering the final week of the regular season.

ContributorWLPCTGB
Ghost Rat17590.660X
Fat Jesus17590.660X
Brodrick Kincaid16897.6347
Reyno Island165100.62310
Flip Stricland164101.61911
Country Preacher159106.60016
LGBT159106.60016
Rat's Widow146119.55129
Idaho Quarter128137.48347
Danny Boy35230.132140
updated 2/2/13

Remember that our competition runs through the playoffs, ending with the Super Bowl.

By comparison, Mike Florio at PFT is 157-82, which would put him in first place by two games, while Michael David Smith at PFT is 149-90, good for fifth place in our league.

Our final regular season week promises to disrupt the standings again. Ghost Rat and Fat Jesus are in complete agreement on their picks this week, while both disagree with Brodrick Kincaid disagree on four games. So we should be entering the playoffs with our competition still very much up for grabs. Only the Broncos (v. Chiefs) and Chargers (v. Raiders) are unanimous picks this week. Rat’s Widow opted to write about the college bowl system this week and took a pass on writing her picks, but chose this week’s winners based on alphabetical order of team names.

Here are our final regular season consensus picks.

Week 17 Consensus Picks

Bills over Jets
Patriots over Dolphins
Bengals over Ravens
Browns over Steelers
Colts over Texans
Jaguars over Titans
Giants over Eagles
Redskins over Cowboys
Bears over Lions
Packers over Vikings
Falcons over Buccaneers
Saints over Panthers
Broncos over Chiefs*
Chargers over Raiders*
49ers over Cardinals
Seahawks over Rams

Our individual picks can be seen here.

Dec 262012
 

bowl-logosWidows and Fans, I totally get that this is an NFL site, although I can only assume that many of you also indulge in a little bit of college football in addition to the steady diet of the NFL, especially at this time of year. Having attended a Big Ten school myself, with a football program that has typically waxed and waned (mostly waned) in terms of their performance, and having come from a family of Michigan State fans, I have paid attention over the years to the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, etc. Getting a “Bowl Bid” was a big deal.

Bowl Bid- once upon a simpler time, this was an honor bestowed upon only the highest rated teams, who were invited to play in one of 5 post season games. Over time, the definition has changed to include the invitation to play in one of 35 post-season games.

Bowl games, once a New Year’s Day tradition, are now played beginning in mid-December and don’t end until early January. Teams with as few as 6 wins can be invited to play in one of these games. I found many in the sports blogging community that share my outrage at the deterioration of tradition. I also found someone who shares my sense of humor at the absurdity of it all. I can’t do it better, so here is a link to a 2010 blog post of the 10 worst (and funniest) college bowl sponsorships.

Some may disagree with my assessment that 35 bowl games is excessive and argue that it is still an honor to be invited to play in the post-season in spite of a team winning only half of their games. To me, it smacks of a “get-a-trophy-for-just-showing-up” mentality that takes away some, if not all, of the integrity of the bowl series. One of the large criticisms of the generation of young people entering adulthood these days is the expectation of reward for meeting basic expectations. Corporations like the San Diego County Credit Union, sponsors of the Poinsettia Bowl, and R+L Carriers, sponsors of the New Orleans Bowl, have found a great way to reward that mentality. Understand that I am in no way trying to diminish the college athlete and his accomplishments, or those of any team for that matter. I just thought that bowl games were about being the best, not about putting a company name out there for all to see, while placing the dubious distinction “Played in the 2012 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl” on a Bowling Green graduate’s resume.

Since this has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime in my humble, Football Widow’s opinion, I have come up with a few ideas of my own as corporate sponsors court opportunities to support NCAA football and vice versa. With women representing a large part of the market share, some of these will also appeal to my sisters in crime.

1. Tampax Tampon Freedom Bowl- If there is one thing more American than college football, it’s freedom. You know I’m right…
2. “He Went to Jared” Bowl- Holy subliminal advertising, Batman! That one would get rings on the fingers of many a young lady in the new year!
3. Secret “Strong Enough for a Man, Made for a Woman” Bowl- Teeheehee! This one needs no comment!
4. Activia Regularity Bowl- Regularity is important, folks.
5. L’Oreal “Because You’re Worth It” Bowl- Hey, if car wax or local credit unions can sponsor a bowl, why can’t a quality drug store makeup and hair product company?

Now I will climb off of my soap box and get back to the business of planning the menu for the first annual Gridiron Rats Super Bowl Party, to which I will be wearing my brand new Patriots Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt! Thanks, Ghost Rat! I love it!!