• Penthouse to Outhouse - Week 16

    This past weekend was all about playoff positioning, making the playoffs, staying alive for the playoffs, or just playing hard because you don't quit ... and records. Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees (NFL single season yards passing record) have attained "Elvis" status and get their own Penthouse floor (just like Elvis in Las Vegas), so they don't qualify for a suite. Here are my Penthouse Sweets and my Outhouse Stinkers for Week #16. Any other nominees?

    Penthouse Sweets

    (Suite 1A) Jerome Simpson - This Bengals WR turned the sports fan upside down with his flip over a defender while landing in the end zone for a TD. Sounds like something we've seen before ... not so fast ... the defender was standing up. I've never seen a player get as high as Simpson, flip, then land on his feet and stand up. Incredible athletic move!!! This gets Jerome the prime suite for week 16.
    (Suite 2A) Matt Stafford and his Detroit Lions Team - The Detroit Lions are in the playoffs ... WoW ... haven't heard that cry since 1999. Matt Stafford was sensational, he went 29-36 (80.5%) for 373 yds, while throwing 3 TDs. He also broke several franchise records.The defense held the high scoring Chargers offense to 10 points, while picking off Rivers twice (one a pick six). Jason Hansen threw in a 50 yd FG to join the party. Congrats to Martin Mayhew, Jim Schwartz and the entire Lions team. Should be a tough out in the playoffs
    (Suite 3A) Cam Newton - Just another ho-hum day for Cam. All he did was lead his team to a 48-16 blowout, complete 70.5% of his passes, throw 3 TDs, run 6x for 65 yds and a TD (49 yards). Oh ... I forgot to mention his 91 yard TD pass was a franchise record, and, he broke Peyton Manning's rookie record for yards passing. Rookie of the Year is in the bag!!
    (Suite 4A) NY Giants Defense - After a bad performance against the Redskins, the Giants 'D' responded with a beauty. This unit has been much maligned lately, but Saturday they played like their season was on the line ... it was. They sacked Sanchez 4 times, recovered a fumble, picked off 2 passes, and recorded a safety while holding the Jets to 14 points. Big win by Big Blue.
    (Suite 5A) David Akers - How Philly let him get away is beyond me. Akers kicked 4 FGs for the 49ers in their win over Seattle. He has now kicked 42 FGs this year, which is a new NFL record. Well done!!!
    (Special "Salsa" Weekend Suite) Victor Cruz - The "Salsa Man" didn't get to dance many times, but he sure took advantage of his opportunities. Cruz caught only 3 passes, but they went for 164 yds (54.67 yd average) and a TD. His 99 yd TD catch and run turned the game around for the Giants. Salsa music for everyone.
    (One Night Stay Suite) Jared Cook - Monster day for this Titans TE. Jared caught 8 passes for 169 yards and a TD in leading his team to a win over the Jaguars. TE's have become a major force in the passing game this season.

    Outhouse Stinkers

    8. KC Chiefs/Oakland Raiders Penalties – 26 penalties for 180 yards combined. The Raiders need only 4 penalties this week to set an NFL record ... Enough already!
    7. Broncos 1st Half Passing Attack - The Broncos had 13 net yards passing in the 1st half against the Bills ... I said the Bills ... who don't rush the passer very well. This is a passing league isn't it?
    6. Cleveland Browns Lack of Awareness - The Browns blew 3 points (possibly 7) at the end of the 1st half by not being aware at all. Then, late in the 4th quarter, DT Phil Taylor jumped offsides on fourth down giving the Ravens a first down, sealing the game. The Browns lost by 6 points ... a little more awareness might get them a win and out of the outhouse.
    5. KC Chiefs FG Unit - With a 49 yd game winning FG at hand, and a chance to stay in the playoff race, they allowed the Raiders to block the kick. The Raiders won in OT eliminating KC from playoff contention.
    4. Houston Texans Defense - Houston could have stayed alive for a possible bye in the playoffs, but they allowed the 1-13 Indy Colts offense to march down the field (12 plays - 78 yds) and score the game winning TD in 1:37. Think they'll be happy to see Wade Phillips get back?
    3. Tim Tebow - Yes ... even Tim Tebow can spend a week in the outhouse. No Tebow magic this week. He threw 4 picks (2 were pick 6's) while getting blown out by the Buffalo Bills 40-14.
    2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This team gets blown out every week and this was no exception. They have become the worst team in the NFL because too many people in the building have quit.
    1. Rex Ryan and his NY Jets - All the talk with absolutely no walk. They now have to count on the Bengals, Titans, and Raiders or Broncos to lose ... who would have thought that before the season started. There still is a little fact involved ... they have to walk the walk ... and beat Miami. Talk about longshot.

    Comments 28 Comments
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Rex Ryan just guaranteed the Jets will win the Madden video game championship in January.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      And you may want to add Braylon Edwards to the outhouse. The 49ers, a team not noted for WR depth or quality, just cut him.

      He was a healthy scratch against the Steelers and saw very limited action against Seattle. I have no idea what he did to tick off Harbaugh but it must have been a doozy.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      I hate that it took us loosing this season for others to start respecting Cutler's ability.

      I'm not sure who I'm rooting for these playoffs....
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This team gets blown out every week and this was no exception. They have become the worst team in the NFL because too many people in the building have quit.
      I moved them to last in my power rankings last week for that very reason. They have quit on Morris.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      I hate that it took us loosing this season for others to start respecting Cutler's ability.

      I'm not sure who I'm rooting for these playoffs....
      iwatt, you haven't been in the chat room where I've been defending JayJay for years. When he broke that thumb and went down, I knew your season was over and nearly cried. I love the dude!

      P.S. Make it easy on yourself and root for the AFC this year. Might I suggest the Pats?
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      And you may want to add Braylon Edwards to the outhouse. The 49ers, a team not noted for WR depth or quality, just cut him.

      He was a healthy scratch against the Steelers and saw very limited action against Seattle. I have no idea what he did to tick off Harbaugh but it must have been a doozy.
      Perhaps the true test of what makes a complete idiot is a person who pisses away not one, not two but three chances.

      This moron wanted out of Cleveland so he could play on a good team. A DUI and indifferent play in New York got him sent to a team that is now a Super Bowl contender... and now what?

      Braylon Edwards has about the next half century to figure out where it all went wrong. Smart money says that's still not enough time for the truth to dawn on him.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      iwatt, you haven't been in the chat room where I've been defending JayJay for years. When he broke that thumb and went down, I knew your season was over and nearly cried. I love the dude!

      P.S. Make it easy on yourself and root for the AFC this year. Might I suggest the Pats?
      I always have a soft spot for the Pats. I like there no nonsense attitude, and no trash-talking.

      And I know you've always been supportive of Jay, my comment was mostly directed to a lot of my Chicago friends who bought into the "he quit" hype last year.
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      Jerome Simpson is an athletic freak. What he chose to do by vaulting himself and flipping over Washington was not a wise decision. It will be play of the year and gets unlimited style points, but it should be the last time he or anyone else for that matter attempts it. He could have just planted his foot and cut inside the linebacker from the 2 yard line and scored easily. Instead he chose to put the football and his body in jeopardy. He was loosely holing the ball with one hand and Washington could have dislodged it with his helmet or hand. If he lands awkwardly, there goes an ankle, an ACL, cartilege or both. He fortunately stuck the landing and is now urban legend, but it could have been ugly. I hope young high school players don't try to imitate this move...it most likely will not turn out very well.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      (Suite 2A) Matt Stafford and his Detroit Lions Team - The Detroit Lions are in the playoffs ... WoW ... haven't heard that cry since 1999. Matt Stafford was sensational, he went 29-36 (80.5%) for 373 yds, while throwing 3 TDs. He also broke several franchise records.The defense held the high scoring Chargers offense to 10 points, while picking off Rivers twice (one a pick six). Jason Hansen threw in a 50 yd FG to join the party. Congrats to Martin Mayhew, Jim Schwartz and the entire Lions team. Should be a tough out in the playoffs
      Jason Hanson became the only kicker in history with fifty 50+ yard FGs and moved into the #4 slot on the NFL's all-time scoring list. Dude is as steady as they come.

      And don't tell anyone this: Matt Stafford is only 23 years old. The sky is the limit for #9.
    1. MachoMenos's Avatar
      Man!?! How irrelevant are my Chargers that they didn't even get a mention in your stinkers column. Things have sunk to an all time low. Although I still remember the 1-15 season all too well.
    1. Bunghole's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      Jerome Simpson is an athletic freak. What he chose to do by vaulting himself and flipping over Washington was not a wise decision. It will be play of the year and gets unlimited style points, but it should be the last time he or anyone else for that matter attempts it. He could have just planted his foot and cut inside the linebacker from the 2 yard line and scored easily. Instead he chose to put the football and his body in jeopardy. He was loosely holing the ball with one hand and Washington could have dislodged it with his helmet or hand. If he lands awkwardly, there goes an ankle, an ACL, cartilege or both. He fortunately stuck the landing and is now urban legend, but it could have been ugly. I hope young high school players don't try to imitate this move...it most likely will not turn out very well.
      Well, it was a spectacular play and all but you're correct. My biggest wish for Jerome is simply consistency. Stop disappearing in games when your quarterback needs you to be the man, especially in light of the injury to Caldwell. I seriously wonder how dynamic this offense of the Bengals is going to look with the possible additions of WR/RB in the draft and/or FA, and the return of Mr. Shipley. Its going to be a case of only one ball to go around with all the weapons Dalton will have at his disposal.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Tim Tebow's 4 INTs are nasty. I understand that losses will come & the high of "Just Win" will come down but the team should have shown more punch. BUF are eliminated from playoff contention & DEN hopes to steal a spot in Week 17. Bad Showing.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      The United States is a nation of braggarts. People here love the chest pounders, the loud mouths, the told-you-so's and their fingers in your face. It's part of our national character.

      So I really don't get the animosity towards Rex Ryan. All the guy has done is take a crap team with a mediocre QB and hauled it to the AFC Championship game 2 out of 3 years. Pretty damn good work. For his trouble, people think he should be fired while the Jets are still in playoff contention.

      Bizarre.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      The United States is a nation of braggarts. People here love the chest pounders, the loud mouths, the told-you-so's and their fingers in your face. It's part of our national character.

      So I really don't get the animosity towards Rex Ryan. All the guy has done is take a crap team with a mediocre QB and hauled it to the AFC Championship game 2 out of 3 years. Pretty damn good work. For his trouble, people think he should be fired while the Jets are still in playoff contention.

      Bizarre.
      I don't think he should be fired, he's a good coach with a crap qb, who should not have made such braggidacio preseason comments for 3 years running!!! Rex should know better. It's been a long time anyone won the Afc that wasn't the ravens, pats, colts, or steelers. He needs to get a grip and compare teams. The jets are so far behind being as good as the pats, ravens, or steelers its crazy. They have no depth. Perhaps he and tannenbaum should get on the same page before rexy writes another check with his mouth the talent on his team can't cash.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      I always have a soft spot for the Pats. I like there no nonsense attitude, and no trash-talking.

      And I know you've always been supportive of Jay, my comment was mostly directed to a lot of my Chicago friends who bought into the "he quit" hype last year.
      Sometimes, you just don't know what you got til it's gone. But I agree with you and Brauney. He gets a much worse rap than he deserves, and that "he quit" media/fan creation was ridiculous. When did the world become a bunch of psychiatrists analyzing facial expressions on the sideline anyway? And if he did have a more jovial attitude on the sidelines during that game, wouldn't that have been portrayed negatively as well? Was he supposed to be happy that he was forced to leave a game that gave his team a chance at the Super Bowl?

      If Cutler would have stayed healthy, there's a good chance that he, and not Eli Manning, would have been the NFC's third QB representative. For whatever reason people don't want him to be, but that dude is a good football player.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      Sometimes, you just don't know what you got til it's gone. But I agree with you and Brauney. He gets a much worse rap than he deserves, and that "he quit" media/fan creation was ridiculous. When did the world become a bunch of psychiatrists analyzing facial expressions on the sideline anyway? And if he did have a more jovial attitude on the sidelines during that game, wouldn't that have been portrayed negatively as well? Was he supposed to be happy that he was forced to leave a game that gave his team a chance at the Super Bowl?

      If Cutler would have stayed healthy, there's a good chance that he, and not Eli Manning, would have been the NFC's third QB representative. For whatever reason people don't want him to be, but that dude is a good football player.
      I am an avowed JayJay hater and have been since I first laid eyes on the guy before he got drafted. I could never put a finger on what about him set off such feelings. Something about Cutler still makes me want to punch him in the face. But he showed some real grit against the Lions (the MNF game back in October). He was the only dude on the Bears who showed any heart in the second half of that game.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      Sometimes, you just don't know what you got til it's gone. But I agree with you and Brauney. He gets a much worse rap than he deserves, and that "he quit" media/fan creation was ridiculous. When did the world become a bunch of psychiatrists analyzing facial expressions on the sideline anyway? And if he did have a more jovial attitude on the sidelines during that game, wouldn't that have been portrayed negatively as well? Was he supposed to be happy that he was forced to leave a game that gave his team a chance at the Super Bowl?

      If Cutler would have stayed healthy, there's a good chance that he, and not Eli Manning, would have been the NFC's third QB representative. For whatever reason people don't want him to be, but that dude is a good football player.
      The reason is simple. He doesn't like the media, and he doesn't dance for them saying the nice quotes. When asked what they should have done after loosing a game: "Not throw 4 picks" in a deadpan is not what they wanted to hear. Last year one ESPN columnist trashed him because he isn't more public about his charities. Cutler does a lot of them, but he hates press for them.

      I think it started in Denver when he didn't play ball with the press about been an elite Athlete with type 2 Diabetes. I'm guessing they wanted to build a narrative about how tough and heroic it was, and he didn't play ball. He's also snarky as can be, from what I can tell, and arrogant. Still is a heck of a QB, in my book.

      Ironically, for a guy who dislikes the press, he decided to marry a Reality star.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      The reason is simple. He doesn't like the media, and he doesn't dance for them saying the nice quotes. When asked what they should have done after loosing a game: "Not throw 4 picks" in a deadpan is not what they wanted to hear. Last year one ESPN columnist trashed him because he isn't more public about his charities. Cutler does a lot of them, but he hates press for them.

      I think it started in Denver when he didn't play ball with the press about been an elite Athlete with type 2 Diabetes. I'm guessing they wanted to build a narrative about how tough and heroic it was, and he didn't play ball. He's also snarky as can be, from what I can tell, and arrogant. Still is a heck of a QB, in my book.

      Ironically, for a guy who dislikes the press, he decided to marry a Reality star.
      Exactly. In my opinion, the second you start bragging about your own good deeds is the second you've done those deeds for the wrong reason. A friend of my wife's recently went through a Christmas display, and decided to pay for the car behind her (good deed). She then went on facebook bragging to the world about her great deed, and challenging everyone else to also carry her torch and do something nice for someone (ruined it). My point was for her to shut up, but I couldn't make it because I'm not her friend, mainly because I believe in honesty, something most people can't handle.

      Snarky and arrogant doesn't play well in the media to be sure. And the media has such power, it's easy for them to make people believe that the story they want you to believe is the truth is in fact the truth, even if it's not because in general, people don't have time to research the actual stories themselves.

      French proverb- Men of real merit, whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge are not yet to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The media thing really annoys me, because of how they construct the narrative. They no longer report, they MAKE the news.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      The media thing really annoys me, because of how they construct the narrative. They no longer report, they MAKE the news.
      The point's been made that some stories are invented by the media. Here's how it starts.

      This is how an ESPN writer concluded that Ryan was going to fire Shottenheimer:

      Ryan's response to the Schottenheimer job-security question was telling. He looked away, there was a nervous laugh, and he went on and on about how it's unfair to blame a coach -- except him.
      Convincing.
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