The Other Lead – Your Sports Weekend in GIFs, Pics and Video

Most of the shocking games came in the NFL this week, where a few teams that were predicted to go to the playoffs sit at 0-3. The New York Giants are one of them after their truly awful display in Charlotte. They lost 38-0 to a previously 0-2 Carolina Panthers. This is what Eli’s day consisted of:

 

Similarly, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-3 after a loss to the Bears. They had five turnovers, in a bold attempt to out-Giant the Giants. But hey, Pittsburgh still has the Pirates (has anyone said that without sarcasm in the last few decades?). This sums up what the entire city of Pittsburgh thinks of this team right now:

 

On the flip side, the MIAMI DOLPHINS ARE 3-0 with wins over the Colts and Falcons. The Dolphins beat Atlanta 27-23 by converting in the red zone while the Falcons were in five times and scored only two touchdowns. Here’s the play that won the game:

 

In the college football world Michigan and Notre Dame were really the only two teams in the Top 25 to play close games, with both winning. Louisville beat Florida International so badly, ESPN gave their “top performer” distinction to a guy with these stats:

Miami also beat up on perennial pay-us-for-a-home-win school Savannah State by a Vegas score of 77-7. Here’s a tiny 5’9, 180 lb. defensive back about to get stiff-armed by Miami’s 6’4, 260 lb. tight end:

 

And last but not least, a couple of nice little back-heel goals from the weekend. The first is from Paulinho, Tottenham’s new midfielder. The score was 0-0 in stoppage time when he found himself at the end of a Erik Lamela pass and gave Spurs the win:

If you haven’t heard of Paulinho or even Tottenham, you’ve definitely heard of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Here he is doing what he does best — scoring goals of ridiculous quality:

I’m making a prediction for next week… LSU-Georgia will be discussed. Stay bold, y’all.

Big Numbers for the Big Game

The NFL champions will be decided on Sunday and TicketCity has broken down what will be consumed on Sunday and how much it all equals up to. Whether you’re hosting your own party or going to the game in New Orleans, the pure volume of numbers is staggering. Tickets are always in demand for the biggest game in American sports, while some prefer to fire up the grill and have some friends over whether your team is in the game or not. Check out some of the stats we were able to put together in this infographic.

The Big Game Creates Big Numbers

The Numbers for the Big Game

 

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The Replacement Refs

Just what effect did the replacement refs have on the 2012 football season?

The Replacement Refs

The Replacement Refs and the 2012 Season

That’s a lot of money being laid out for one game which is in the hands of inexperienced officials. The total amount potentially affected by the replacement refs (48 games) is absolutely staggering. The call that went against the Packers was the icing on the cake, but there were some glaringly bad calls in the games leading up to it such as:

-The 49ers basically got 5 timeouts in one half when they were allowed two challenges with no timeouts left.

-Seattle was the benificiary of TWO terrible bits of officiating, the less famous one being they were awarded a 4th timeout in their week 1 game against the Cardinals.

-The Ravens were robbed of an interception after a phantom illegal contact call. Really, it just didn’t happen.

-An official threw his hat to signify Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree went out of bounds (he did not). He threw it directly in the path of Ogletree’s route and while making a cut inside he stepped on it and slipped. Pass was thrown to him and was incomplete.

There’s no doubt this saga left a big mark on the NFL season. If Green Bay finishes a game out of the playoffs, that will be the first thing pointed to. New England fans feel the same way about their game with Baltimore. The NFL as a whole started to believe there was a real safety issue after some one the most vicious hits of the season went un-penalized. The money and stakes were just too high to let it continue.

The big winners here look to be the NFL Referees Association, as there’s no better leverage in negotiations then the fact that no one else can do your job competently. The bad call against Green Bay had Ed Hochuli throwing in jumping jacks and cartwheels to his 1,000 push up-a-day regiment and the fans seem to be just as excited. Now let’s all get back to saying how horrible these veteran refs are when calls go against our teams.

If you’d like to welcome back the professionals in person, be sure to check out all our pro games.

The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here (2nd edition)

College football is as much an experience as it is a game

Lots of fans are kept away from the stadium every weekend because they think it will be too expensive, especially if you’ve got a whole family in tow. While the face value of tickets may be going up, the secondary market gives you an opportunity to get tickets below face so that you can enjoy your favorite football team in person even if you’re on a budget. A lot of the time the prices will be very affordable when teams aren’t playing their big rivals or other highly ranked teams. Whether it’s college or professional football, TicketCity can help you find tickets to any game whether you just want to get into the stadium and feel the excitement live or you want front row seats.

Here are some great deals we’ve found for this weekend’s games:

Under $5:

College:

Northwestern vs. Boston College

Illinois vs. Charleston Southern

Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian

Purdue vs. Eastern Michigan

 

Under $25

NFL:

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams

College:

#1 Alabama vs. Arkansas

#2 LSU vs. Louisiana-Monroe

#5 Florida State vs. Wake Forest

#12 Ohio State vs. Cal

#13 Virginia Tech vs. Pitt

#16 TCU vs. Kansas

#17 Michigan vs. UMass

#22 UCLA vs. Houston

#24 Arizona vs. South Carolina State

 

NFL Under $40

Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers 

Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders 

Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers 

The Cowboys 2012 Lineup

All you need to know about The Boys this season: