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Monday Night Football Liveblogging

8:32 PM – First edition of the Monday Night Football liveblogging. This game is intriguing for three reasons: I didn’t expect the Chargers to start 0-2, Brett Favre is playing, and the game has huge fantasy implications for me. I have a 25 point lead, and LT is on my team. My opponent has Favre, Thomas Jones and the San Diego defense. I’m figuring he’s going to cancel some points out. Hopefully, Favre will throw 3 interceptions but no touchdowns, Jones will have a few fumbles and barely any yards, but a bunch of other Jets will step up and they’ll put 30 up on the Chargers D. Meanwhile, LT will rush for over 100 yards and two TD’s, and I’ll go 2-1 on the season.

8:36 PM – Oh god, I think Kornheiser is attempting to do Howard Cosell while performing a montage of Brett Favre MNF football moments. Uggggghhhhhh.

8:38 PM – I’ll be throwing some Phils coverage into the mix, as well. 2-2 in the 7th. Let’s go, boys.

8:42 PM – A nice screen pass to Thomas Jones. That hurts me twice in fantasy. According to Jaws, tonight is going to be Brett Favre’s “coming out party” with the Jets. I wonder when Kornheiser will have his coming out party. (Editor’s note: That’s not right).

8:46 PM – Rudy Seanez coming into the game for J.A. Happ. Wrap it up, Rudy.

8:47 PM – I am praying that LT’s toe feels nice tonight. Inject that bad boy with Lidocaine or whatever the hell they use.

8:54 PM – Rivers is looking a bit shaky right now. Almost threw another pick. Hey, Rivers – knock it off. I need LT with the ball in his hands, not the friggin’ Jets.

8:56 PM – Oh no. LT’s wife had a bad feeling about this game for the Chargers. Guess this one is a foregone conclusion.

9:04 PM – Braves had a man on third, Jeff Francoeur hit a chopper to third, J-Roll made a great play, jumping for the ball and making a perfect throw to home, getting the runner easily. Game stays tied 2-2.

9:09 PM – Fumble by Thomas Jones! And the Chargers D doesn’t return it for a touchdown! I’m a huge fantasy geek!

9:13 PM – Chargers score, but it isn’t LT, so I’m pissed. Then, with Greg Golson pinch-running for Greg Dobbs, a pick-off attempt went past the first basemen and Golson ends up on third. No outs, Phillies need to capitalize here.

9:18 PM – Golson scores on a ground ball to third, speeding down the line and getting underneath the tag. Phillies take the lead, 3-2. God, I love this team.

9:20 PM – Antonio Cromartie returns an interception for a touchdown. Hurts Favre, but helps the Chargers defense. This has to be unbelievably frustrating for the guy I’m playing against.

9:24 PM – Worst possible scenario for me. I thought Leon Washington was going to return the kick for a touchdown, thereby hurting the Chargers D in points and preventing Favre or Jones from getting a touchdown. Instead, he gets tackled at the five, and Favre gets the touchdown pass. Still hurts the Chargers D, but Favre gets them back. My 25 point lead has been shaved to 8.

9:28 PM – Suddenly, the Phillies are up 6-2. Pat Burrell with a 3-run homer. Booyah!

9:33 PM – Chris Chambers with a long TD reception. Stop stealing TD’s from LT, Chargers!

9:42 PM – Phillies win. Magic number for a playoff spot now down to two. And another interception by the Chargers D, though it really didn’t hurt me, as I’m still leading by 8.

9:51 PM – Touchdown pass to Antonio Gates. If you would have told me that the Chargers would score 31 points in the first half, and that LT wouldn’t have any of those touchdowns, I would have laughed in your face. Guess the joke is on me, huh?

10:03 PM – At the half, Chargers up 31-14. In fantasy, I lead 106.1 – 98.9. Oh man, gonna be a wild finish, at least in my fantasy match-up. I need LT to start grinding out some yards to keep the clock moving, maybe get a TD in here somewhere.

10:24 PM – So, LT scores a touchdown and I miss it taking a break on my roof. That’s fitting, isn’t it? You know what – I’m out. Back to the roof. I’ll leave you with one final thought: fantasy football is both a great thing, and a distracting thing. Truthfully, watching this game, I could have given two shits who actually won this game. I was paying attention to fantasy points, and fantasy points alone. Granted, it gets countless fans into football, and I pay much more attention to the rest of the league because of my fantasy guys. But football purists surely must complain that it negatively affects the way people analyze and value football. Whatever. I consider myself a football purist, and I love fantasy football. Now, enough of my soapbox, its back to the roof. Let’s go LT!

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The Pundit reaches out to Patriots fans

So, after one of the biggest Sundays in recent Philadelphia sports memory, I have chosen to write about the injury of Tom Brady? Listen: you watched the games. You know that the Eagles looked solid, and that while it was good that the Phillies took 2 of 3, a sweep would have been huuuuge. You are impressed with McNabb and DeSean and are trying to ignore the fact that the Rams are an absolutely terrible defensive team. You know you should be more excited about the Phillies, in the middle of a pennant push, but hey – football’s back. You’re a Philly fan; you know what you need to know about Sunday. So, I’m going a different route – I’m reaching out to a group of fans who are at a loss, who have just seen their Superbowl dreams go up in flames – New England Patriots fans.

If you don’t know by now (Editor’s note: And if you checked the links this morning, you know that even the Pope is aware of this), Tom Brady is done for the season. Cooked. Fin. I normally wouldn’t sympathize with New England fans. They fall in there with New York fans, D.C fans, Pittsburgh fans, Dallas fans and LA “fans.”

However, I am willing to ignore my normal stand of no compassion for New England/Boston fans because of their significant loss. I mean, not only did Patriots fans just lose their best player for the season, but they lost him in week one! They essentially lost any realistic Superbowl hopes at the very beginning of the season, a terribly anticlimactic and painful development for any NFL fan. Part of why we watch is because we hold out the hope that, however faint it may be, this could be our year. This could be the year we win it all. At some point, most fan bases realize their team doesn’t have a shot, but at least you get a couple of weeks to dream a bit.

And consider this – every year until Belichick and Brady retire, the Patriots will have to be considered a Superbowl threat. So it wasn’t as though Patriots fans had to realize the inevitable a bit earlier then they hoped; this Patriots team was still talented enough to win it all, and after the way last year ended for them, had a whole hell of a lot of motivation. Instead, many “experts” think they’ll now have to fight just to win their division. You know, the rugged AFC East, where the next best team is the Jets. Oh, that’s just painful.

So, with that in mind, I offer some tried and true Philadelphia coping mechanisms.

1. Give up all hope. Accept that your season has gone to hell. Now Pundit, I’m sure you are saying, that just sounds pessimistic. Maybe, but it goes deeper that that. If your team does start playing well again, it will be an awesome surprise. If they don’t, at least you were ready for the pain. It’s almost impossible to do this, but it will either keep you sane or make for a pleasantly exciting season.

2. Forget Tom Brady exists. Listen, Patriots fans, we know that Tom Brady was the love of your football lives. You’ll compare every quarterback you have ever had to him again. He’ll always be your first true love, we get it. But…think of it as though he’s taking an extended trip, like he’s going to Europe for a semester or something. You’re just on a break, that’s all. Whether its Matt Cassel or Chris Simms or Doug Flutie, they deserve a chance, they may be some fun, and this was how you met your love in the first place, wasn’t it?

3. Take pride in being a Patriots fan. Philly fans have this down to a science – we overcome constant failure and disappointment by remembering that we’re Philly fans. Philly fans show up. Philly fans root and scream and continue to care, even if we know we’re probably sunk. No team is going to change the kind of fans we are – our teams may consistently fall short, but we are always real, passionate, and obsessive fans. It means something to call yourself a Philly fan – it’s a commitment you don’t back down from.

4. Remember that you still have Randy Moss. He’s the most entertaining receiver to watch in the history of the NFL. He makes catches that I couldn’t have imagined before I saw him make them. He’s absolutely awesome to watch. Every time Donovan McNabb gets hurt, Eagles fans everywhere say a quick prayer, thanking God for Brian Westbrook. In Randy you must trust.

5. Do everything you can to win your fantasy league. It’s a healthy outlet to channel your pain. Scour the waiver wire. Propose countless trades. Mix and match lineups. Buy NFL Sunday Ticket if it helps. The best part of fantasy football is how engaged you become with the rest of the NFL. So, if the Patriots sink, don’t fret – just fantasy. Trust me, it will help.

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