It was a tough week for our staff of pickers, as 7 was good enough for a three-way tie between Ryan, Rick and Randy. The Lions and Eagles got every vote from our top 6, while only Randy got the Chargers right and Rick was the only one to predict the Rams to cover… and oh, did they cover. We’ll be back next week to see if anyone can crack 10 correct picks in Week 7.
The Cowboys and Redskins have a storied past that pushed them to become rivals even before the Cowboys existed as a team. Today, they are two of the three most valuable sports franchises in the world and have seen the success of eight combined Super Bowls. In 2012, the Skins knocked the Cowboys out of playoff contention in the last game of the season. On Sunday, the Cowboys look to damage Washington’s chance at the post-season by giving them their fourth loss in five games. Check out our Cowboys-Redskins tickets if you want to get close to one of the best rivalries in all of sports.
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We’ll start in Dallas where the Cowboys and Broncos combined for the 4th highest point total in NFL history. The Broncos won 51-48 with a field goal as time expired, but the highlight reel for this one might take half an hour to get through. Here’s Tony Romo showing us he can still evade pressure and deliver:
Because of the way AT&T Stadium is set up, the shadows and sunlight can give you some unique views of NFL football. Not too many 3:30 kickoffs in Arlington, but when they do happen you get pictures like these:
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the NFC East the Giants are 0-5 after a beating from the Eagles. It’s getting ugly in NYC:
The MLB playoffs are in full swing and while the Dodgers are up 2-1 on the Braves, ex-Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda wonders aloud to Magic Johnson what just happened after pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn’t find first base with his foot to make the out. I’ll leave it up to you to lip read:
In the American League, the Red Sox are up 2-0 and will try to sweep the Rays out of the ALDS tonight in Tampa. David Ortiz took Cy Young-winner David Price deep twice in game 2, here’s the first:
By next week we’ll be into the League Championship Series in baseball and have a sole team in 1st place in the NFC East after the Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday. This could be the best weekend in sports yet.
Football (soccer) fans are known worldwide for being loud and having some of the best displays of fandom you’ll ever see, but when it comes to noise there’s a new king — the fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Everyone has known for a while that it was loud at Seahawks games, but no one knew how loud until recently.
During their dominating win over the 49ers a few weeks ago, they broke the record for decibel level set by fans of Turkish club Galatasaray S.K., which is no easy feat. Here’s what the Turk Telekom Arena looked like before their match against the Manchester United:
The Turkish club beat a much more talented Manchester United club that day, and it goes to show how much fans and a good homefield advantage can affect the game. The day the 12th Man in CenturyLink Field broke the decibel record, the Seahawks manhandled a 49ers team that had just reached the Super Bowl in February. Last season, Seattle won home games with scores of 27-7, 28-7, 42-13 and 58-0. The rest of the NFC was lucky that the Seahawks didn’t have homefield in the playoffs.
It’s not just football in Seattle, the city has become known for having the best support nationwide for their Major League Soccer team, the Seattle Sounders. The games are sold out, and the chanting, tifos and crowd noise is unparalleled in U.S. soccer. It’s no surprise a lot of the same people are at Seahawks games every Sunday. Seattle soccer fans were rewarded for their passion by getting to host a U.S. World Cup Qualifying game in June at CenturyLink Field, their first since 1976 in the city. The fans, media and players all left Seattle after a 2-0 win over Panama thinking the same thing, ‘Can we just make Seattle our home city in the U.S.?” I was at that game along with the rest of the U.S. World Cup Qualifiers this year, and it was definitely the loudest soccer game I’ve ever been to. Seattle is winning the day in both football and soccer, and it looks like it won’t be long before they get an NHL franchise, or even their Sonics back.
In a time where the NFL is raking in revenues of over $10 billion a year and the fan feels like the little guy more than ever, here’s a place where you can make a difference. You can be at the game and be part of the reason the Seahawks (or whoever your team is) are untouchable at home. The parity in the NFL is tremendous when compared to college football, so when you add in that college-football type passion to an NFL game it can definitely make the difference between a win and a loss.
Cooler weather, fantasy leagues, brighter Mondays, later Thursdays, and a new meaning to #sundayfunday can only mean one thing — football season has arrived. I kicked off my football season at Reliant Stadium for the Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans game and what a way to start the season. Besides witnessing one of the best games of the season thus far, Texans fans know how to throw down for a football game, especially when facing their division foes. In an ironic rivalry twist, as much as Texans fans despise the Tennessee Titans, it’s the Titans they have to thank for their beloved Houston Texans franchise which only fuels this competitive fire, and it shows. But rivalries aside, Reliant Stadium is a great place to experience the NFL.
I arrived to the Blue parking lot roughly an hour before kickoff and was shocked to see complete an utter chaos in the form of tailgating, it was awesome! When I say chaos I don’t mean a crazy R rated madhouse, I mean all ages in a completely succinct state of mind with one goal — root for the Texans. From DJs surrounded by flat screens to mini football fields in the parking lot, Houston Texans fans have tailgating down to a science. If you are ever heading to Houston for a game I recommend an early arrival to experience what may be the greatest tailgate you ever attend.
If you have ever been to Houston than you know about the evil cloak the rest of us like to call humidity. It’s not pleasant. Thankfully the people of Houston feel the same and decided to create an indoor stadium complete with AC and retractable roof for those scarce “San Diego-like” Texas days. Though the AC was a huge plus, the atmosphere come game time was the best part. It was like the tailgate moved into the stadium without skipping a beat. I have never given more random high fives in my entire life and I’m not even a Texans fan, GO NINERS! (editor’s note: meh)
I am a huge fan of 50-yard-line seats, but it’s hard to complain about any lower level seat in Reliant Stadium. In fact the whole stadium utilizes the space well leaving few bad seats. The seats are as close to straight up as they can be which really puts the fans in the game. It was by far the loudest football game I have ever been to and you can’t help but join in with 70,000+ cheering fans. My wife and I were in the last row of section 104 just under the second level overhang. What I really liked about these seats is that they provided multiple hanging TV’s that displayed exactly what the two (non-visible) jumbo-trons at each end zone were showing. All in all I would and will make it back to many more Texans games and recommend it to all football fans.
As far as concessions are concerned, I think there is an overall agreement that from High School to NFL football all concessions are too expensive. Now that we got that out of the way, beer at Reliant was fairly moderate and it came in a bottom up glass. If you have never experience the bottom up draft, it is a cup that fills from the bottom up. IMPORTANT NOTE…if you only take one thing away from this blog let this be it, the hole at the bottom of the glass does not lock so don’t try to push it in. Your beer will end up in your lap and that’s no good for anyone involved, trust me.
To finish up, if you ever get a chance to attend a game that players from your fantasy team will be playing in, do it…and start those players. It was pretty sweet seeing Ben Tate bust out on a 60 yard run down the sideline and watching the rookie, DeAndre Hopkins, go up and grab the game winning touchdown to give me a 2-0 start in my fantasy league.
You can catch the Texans at Reliant Stadium this weekend (Sep. 29) against the Seattle Sehawks which is likely to be a great game. Houston will also be hosting some of the best quarterbacks in the league this year starting with Andrew Luck and the Colts on November 3. It’s Texans vs. Patriots and their future HOFer on December 1, and then Peyton Manning’s Broncos on December 22.