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    #76
    Not just missed, but hit the posts 4 times in one game:



    Apparently he also had a kick hit the post and go over, so he's on seven times for the season.

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      #77
      It does appear that an Eagle got a fingertip to the ball, which could have been enough to deflect it onto the post. The bounce off the crossbar was pure chance, dependent on the position of the ball when contact was made. Alter that by a quarter rotation and the Bears win.

      "Icing" the kicker very rarely "works", but one thing it does do is allow the defence to suss out the blocking scheme being used by the kicking team, making it marginally easier to find gaps (though in this case it seems to be more the case of a sub-optimally low trajectory). And with time essentially expired, the cost to the defence is essentially zero.

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        #78
        Well, that set up an impossible situation. Chargers v Patriots. Both teams need to lose.

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          #79
          I'm a paid-up member of the Anyone But Brady club, which before this weekend was the Anyone But Brady or Baltimore club.

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            #80
            The Bears earned that gut-punch by getting the snap off anyway, even though the play had clearly been delayed for a time out. Especially when you have a kicker who can't show any consistency.

            Colts v Chiefs could be a very interesting game. Have little thought that Colts could get the the Super Bowl. Particularly because they are the first game of the four, so if they won the Patriots would immediately up their game, win, and beat the Colts at Foxwoods as a part of normal service for the past twenty years.

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              #81
              Well, I think this year is Mahones' time. And next year will be Baker Mayfield and The Lovely Browns' time.

              So long as the Chargers beat the bloody infidel comprehensively, I'll be happy for a week.

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                #82
                This piece on Todd Marinovich is really grim, but worth your time. A lot about his childhood is new, but not really surprising in looking back at the stories at the time.

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                  #83
                  Excelent piece.

                  So many wasted lives.

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                    #84
                    Chiefs, Rams, Chargers and Eagles by the way. Very fittingly St. Nick will then have to go through the city of angels to reach the SB.

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                      #85
                      Christ. If it's not bad enough that the Patriots are hitting awesome form and looking a bit cert for yet another SB appearance it's been confirmed that Marroon 5 will be the half time "entertainment".

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                        #86
                        At least Saints Eagles is a competitive match up so far.

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                          #87
                          The only time it's OK for the Patriots to utterly crush a team. I just hope that the KC defence plays as well next weekend as it did yesterday.

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