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As you’ve probably heard by now, pro football lost probably its most colorful character over the decades this weekend.  Al Davis, former Oakland Raider head coach who became the franchise’s owner/managing general partner, is dead at the age of 82.

Davis was charming, cantankerous and compassionate. But he was best known as a rebel, a man who established a team whose silver-and-black colors and pirate logo symbolized his attitude toward authority, both on the field and off.

Until the recent decline of the Raiders, he was a winner, the man who as a coach, then owner-general manager-de facto coach, established what he called “the team of the decades” based on another slogan: “Commitment to excellence.”

Under Al Davis, who joined the franchise in 1963 as GM/coach and later became its owner, the Raiders also won three Super Bowls.

And the Raiders were excellent, winning three Super Bowls during the 1970s and 1980s and contending almost every other season — an organization filled with castoffs and troublemakers who turned into trouble for opponents.

“Al was a football man — his entire life revolved around the game he loved,” said Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, an original AFL owner of the Houston Oilers. “He worked his way up through the ranks and had a knowledge of all phases of the game. That experience aided him as an owner.

The Realm™ sends its condolences to the Davis family.

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Time for a massive RCOB™ moment.

Aw, come on! Is that all you got?! >

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Did you hear the pop Dubya got while Lea Michele was singing America?  And then the massive  pop the troops got while Chrissy Aggie-Hocktuey sand the national anthem?

I’ll guaran-damn-tee you Bambi doesn’t get that if he’s there.  (Aguilera might have, had she had a “wardrobe malfunction”.)

Good on ya, NFL fans.

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In Super Bowl XIII, it was Fred Swearingen & a phantom pass interference call on Benny Barnes.

In Super Bowl XL, it was Bill Leavy’s crew and a phantom Ben Roethelisberger touchdown – one that the entire city of Seattle still maintains never happened.

In Super Bowl XLIII, it was Terry McAulay’s crew and a phantom Santonio Holmes touchdown catch to give his team a gift win over the Arizona Cardinals.  You still can’t convince me that Holmes got both feet down.

The point?

Pathetic-burgh is just like the New England Pansies – they can’t win without officiating help.

Therefore, you can take it to the bank:  If Lombardi’s trophy is handed to the Rooney family today, it’ll be because it was another 11-on-18 “Steal”er circle-jerk.

Because as tough as “Pits”-burgh thinks it is – the fact is that it can’t win without help.

Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 14.

UPDATE:  What did I fucking tell you?  Shitsburgh holds on every damned play and it doesn’t get called, but a phantom facemask penalty on a Packer punt led to the “Steal”ers’ second TD.  Swung the momentum 180 degrees.

Now GB’ll be lucky to hang on.

Update the 2nd:  Shitsburgh misses a 52-yard field goal attempt.  That’s  the Shawn Suisham we all know & love! 

Update the 3rd:  And again  Green Bay gets screwed by the officiating – and this time replay gave ‘em a reach-around, as well – on a reception/fumble/recovery that was ruled incomplete.

Now the penalties are coming fast & furious for GB.  The NFL has already decided who they want to win.

Update the Finalth:  GB held on and denied the NFL its prize.

31-28 25.

Phew.

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Denizens, remember The Receiver Formerly Known As Chad Johnson™?

Yeah, this guy.

Two years ago, Johnson gave himself the moniker — a reference in Spanish to his No. 85 — and put it on the back of his uniform before a game. Quarterback Carson Palmer ripped it off before the kickoff. After the season, coach Marvin Lewis — who dislikes Johnson’s attention-getting stunts — referred to the receiver as “Ocho Psycho.”

Well, guess what?  Now that the novelty’s worn off, now that people have finally started giving him the rolled-eyes treatment, now that he’s finally an average player on a piss-poor team…the light’s finally come on in that skull-still-full-o’-mush of his, common sense has finally taken hold…and he’s changing his name back.

Chad Johnson is making a comeback. Three years after changing his last name to Ochocinco, the man born Chad Javon Johnson will be going back to his given surname.

“I’ve done enough with Ochocinco,” the former Mr. Johnson told ESPN’s Trey Wingo. Yes, like having the least productive stretch of his career since the name change became official.

What with being a not-all-that-and-a-bag-o’-chips-type player ‘n all – in other words, being unable to walk his talk, he’s finally realized that he’d best snap out of it before he becomes a bigger joke than he already is.

Welcome back to the Real World™, Chad.  Some of us, of course, never did buy in to that “Ochocinco” bullshit – we’ve just been waiting for you to rejoin us, is all.

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…I don’t have to put up with Moochelle’s Wookiee stench in two weeks.

Thank you, Green Bay.

Now if you can just handle Pathetics-burgh and the seven zebras they’re gonna bring with ‘em in two weeks…

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ITEM:  T-sip U. the other day inked a 20-year, $300 extra-large (that’s million  to those of you in the Church of the SubTarded) contract with the four-lettered Mickey Mouse outfit (that’d be “ESPN” to the aforementioned SubTarded) to broadcast TU athletic events.

UT President William Powers Jr. said the agreement, which also involves IMG College, a company that handles marketing and licensing for the university, will create 50 to 100 network jobs based at Royal-Memorial Stadium, fund some academic initiatives and further cement the university’s sports brand, already one of the most lucrative in the nation.

”We see this as a very important part of sort of continuing to reinvent the models through which we do business,” Powers said. “This is reflective of being much more creative in how public higher education positions itself as we go forward, even aside from the athletics.”

LORD VENOMOUS’ REACTION:  Well, they have to meet the player payroll somehow.

(NOTE:  The above is my First Amendment-protected opinion.  TU attorneys – you can turn it sideways and go fuck yourselves with it.)

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If Gary Patterson doesn’t get fooled by a Smurf Turf Eff-head State fake punt a year ago, this is TCU v. Auburn we’re watching tonight.

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Memo to Smurf Turf Dickweed State:

We  beat them 47-7.

In their own fucking backyard.

And  we didn’t have to use trick plays to get there, either.

Yeah, I think we’re a helluva lot better than you pussies.  We  don’t lose to teams like Nevada.

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Turn out the lights – the party really is  over now.

“Dandy Don” Meredith has passed.

He was well known as the Cowboys’ first winning quarterback, i.e. he ran the team the first time they posted a winning record.  And he was already well-known in Dallas as SMU’s quarterback.  But his fame (notoriety?) took off a couple years after he retired – for that’s when he became the third man in the triumvirate of announcers doing ABC’s Monday Night Football, opposite Frank Gifford & Howard Cosell.  And America became enamored with the song:

Turn out the lights

The party’s over

They say that

All good things must end

Call it tonight

The party’s over

And tomorrow starts

The same old thing again

Goodnight, Dandy Don.  You left us too soon.

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Didja see this?

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And the final from Reno, NV:

#3 Smurf Turf Bullshit State 31, at #19 Nevada 34

It is a Perfect Football Weekend™ already.  I don’t give a shit what  the rest of my teams do.

Woo-Fuckin’-Hoo!!!!! 

UPDATE:  ESPN showed one of the Wolfpack touchdowns coming off what looked like a double reverse (though it coulda been just a single – I only got one look at it).

Memo to Chrissy Peterson:  Live by the trick play, die by the trick play, you dumbass.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer team. 

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Kirk Herbstreit wouldn’t know pass interference if it bit him on his swishy ass.

UPDATE:  2nd idle thought:  A&M can mug Nebraska with fucking impunity, yet Nebraska can’t so much as breathe  on the Aggie-ettes without drawing a flag.  Eleven-on-eighteen is still  not a fair fight.

3rd idle thought:  TCU would kick A&M’s ass up the field and back down.  These pussies in maroon ain’t quite the hot shits that they think.

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(Via BaD Radio over at the ticket)

Babe Laufenberg & Bill Jones over at KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas are reporting (via Twitter) that Coach Stay-Puf, Wade Phillips, has been shown the door after yet another miserable loss, this time to the Packers at Green Bay, 7-45.

More later in the PFW mega-recap, plus a link when it becomes available.

For now…

UPDATE:  And as promised…the link.

Jason “Red-Headed Jesus Genius” Garrett takes over on an interim basis, i.e. the rest of the season.  Whereupon Owner Jethro will immdiately hire someone else on whom the other 31 teams passed, who will in turn spare all of us to death.

The more things change…

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There will be NO  communiques from the Southern Command™ of any  type for at least the next three weeks.

I trust I make myself clear.

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