Bye Week Bonanza

Whew…crazy times. Between work and producing this series (more info available on that at http://www.film-local.com–perhaps I will write about it here someday?), I am definitely longing for the days of un/under-employment. Not permanently, of course, but…if I could be unemployed again for a week, that would be fun. But…I guess normal people call that vacation, huh?

Anyway, since the Packers are on a bye this week, without a game to watch I had time to post the drawings from the last few games. See, I haven’t totally abandoned you all–it’s just that scanning hand drawn pictures into my computer is a pain and it takes forever. But now that it’s done, enjoy! They were all wins too, so that’s a plus.

Week 7: St Louis Rams
WIN 30-20

We were suffering from a ragged defensive line even then…

Catches, runs, touchdowns by a matter of inches…I really hope Jordy comes back to us strong, and soon.

Props to Trumaine Johnson’s epic Flying Eagle attempt to stop an onside kick. The Packers retained possession and Johnson was taken off the field injured, but still…epic.

Week 8: Jacksonville Jaguars
WIN 24-15

This one I actually didn’t draw–I was benched, due to extreme dizziness and complete exhaustion. You know you’re tired when you can’t even bring yourself to lift your head and watch television. Luckily, I was informed after the fact that there weren’t many draw-worthy events anyway.

Week 9: Arizona Cardinals
WIN 31-17

Is it me, or did it seem like they’d done something…strange to the ball for this game?

Rodger’s playing the game like his life depends on it. What did he end with–like 40 driving yards?

The second quarter was a little bit of a clown show–lots of drops and trips. Luckily, they managed to knock that off before it did any serious damage this time.

Johnson’s octopus-like skills bring the Packers up 21-7. I watched that catch a half dozen times, and I still don’t quite know how he came up with that one.

No one gets away with a penalty on Lang’ s watch. NO ONE!!

So here we are, with a record of 6-3 and a lot of injured starters. That’s a pretty scary place to start from as we begin a series of division games, not to mention facing off against the Super Bowl Champs as our regular season wraps up. Will we make the playoffs yet? At this point, I honestly can’t say–I’m hopeful, but wary, and neither outcome would really be a surprise. One thing I can say is that the Packers need to get their injuries sorted out right quick–it sucks to lose when you’re at your best, but losing because half your team is out injured is even harder to watch.

Saints and Colts: A Disappointment Double-Header

So….due to the fact that I am in the midst of intense fundraising for my new series, I know I’m falling behind in my art. I feel bad, but the sad truth of it is I can’t do everything. Luckily, I still find the time to watch the games, which is a small miracle in itself. Even though it’s been way too long, I finally have illustrations for both games. Here’s the problem: we won the first game, and we lost the second. The first one we won by a razor thing margin, the second one we were ahead by almost 20 points at the half, then lost by 3.

What does this tell us? I can sum it up in one word : INCONSISTENCY.

And FYI, though he’d been playing like crap for the entire second half, Rodgers truly blew that game against Indianapolis in the last 8 seconds. Aside from the fact that the offense completely fell to pieces in the second half–though that is certainly a huge part of it–I can’t BELIEVE Rodgers spiked the ball and put Crosby in that position. He could’ve made one more play, he could’ve got Crosby closer, and he blew it at the last second. I know the clock was running out, I know a delay of game penalty would’ve basically been a death sentence, that THAT’S WHAT HE GETS PAID FOR. Simple as that. Sorry Rodgers–that one’s on you.

Anyways…PICTURES!

Packers vs Saints

Date: September 9th

Final: 27-28 Packers

Darren Sproles (Saints). One of the announcers made reference to something akin to “the quickly spinning legs of Darren Sproles,” which reminded me of the Roadrunner. So…there you go.

After Rodgers’s eye was almost torn from his head, this image floated through my mind. Not very Saintly, if you ask me.

Got to love the NFL med staff. If you strike him down…

When things started going bad, I started playing Tetris on my Kindle. You know…to relieve stress.

After I started playing Tetris, the Packers actually did start playing better, and eventually went on to win against the Saints.

Unfortunately, I forgot my Kindle at home for the Colts game. Call me crazy, but I thought I wasn’t going to need it. Lesson learned.

Packers vs. Colts

Date: October 7th

Final: 27-30 Colts

There are three reasons the Packers lost this game, and will illustrate them in Stickmen form.

Number 1: Reggie Wayne. Reggie Wayne=Packer kryptonite.
Man…I should’ve drawn that. But this is good too. The guy has MONSTER hands.

Number 2: Injuries. I thought we had some time before we started losing all our players, but I guess I miss calculated.
On the upside, at least they won’t try throwing to Finley for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I really hope he’s not seriously injured. But…you know…he’s not that good.

Number Three: Aaron Rodgers, second half.
That’s all I’m gonna say.

Next week: The Texans…who are at 5-0…in Houston.

Yeesh.

Thank God I’ll be in Minnesota, with my family, where watching the Packers is illegal (unless they are playing the Vikings, of course). So next week will either be Viking coverage, or secondhand news angry drawings of further defeat and shame.

See you in St. Louis everyone!

Film Annex #16: Soccer in Afghanistan

Before I post a double-header worth of pictures this week, check out my new Film Annex article covering the up and coming Afghani soccer league.

On a personal note: I am in the middle of a crazy time in my life. I am trying to produce a 6 episode series coming up here in the next few months (for more info, check out www.film-local.com/news), so if I’m not as prompt with my posts/drawings, that’s why. So allow me to apologize for that in advance–it will be an irregular football season this year, but I will get the coverage out as quickly as I can, I promise.

Anyway–Film Annex! Soccer! Check it out.

See the full article here.

Film Annex #15: Rulli and Copyright

Okay, now that the Packers win-loss rage is out of my system, I can post this like I was supposed to yesterday.

This week, I’m talking about copyright, public domain, and the benefits of producing films outside the Hollywood system, based on a post by Film Annex founder Francesco Rulli. All that, plus you get to watch an old school 1940s Superman cartoon, one of many available on Film Annex. It’s sure to lift your spirits after a very contentious half a week. Enjoy!

See the full article here.

The Battle in Seattle

Packers (1-1) vs Seahawks (1-1)
Date: September 24th
At: Seattle
Outcome: Eleventeen to Shinty-Six

You may have notice this outcome is not posted in real numbers. That’s because it’s not a real outcome. Apparently the NFL has dispensed with the traditional regulations about what constitutes an “interception,” “official review, and “winning,” so I figure it’s just a matter of time before they throw the traditional scoring method out the window as well.

I thought about posting a long rant about the terrible calls throughout the game and especially the lapse in judgement on that last thrilling INTERCEPTION by the Packers. But instead, I think my feelings can be summarized better in ink.

This is the drawing I made when I woke up this morning and realized yesterday was not just a horrible dream.

THE OPPONENT
It’s hard to say nice things about a team that thinks they beat you when they obviously didn’t. That’s one of the worst things about this situation: they truly believe they won. Truly. I don’t know how that’s possible when the entire world of sports media is blowing up in there face, but it is. I don’t know…all I can say is, if the situation was reversed, I don’t think Mike McCarthy would have been able to accept such a bad “win,” let a alone be doing cartwheels down the field in their opponent’s faces like the Seahawks coach. It just felt like really nasty sportsmanship to me.

In the end, the bad call did a disservice to the Seahawks too. Nevermind that they had a pretty awesome first half, and that their defense was strong and that Wilson did exceptionally well for a rookie against a seasoned Packers defense. I can’t focus on any of that, and neither can anyone else. All we see is the horrible, horrible mistake that cost the Packers the game and makes the Seahawks look like a bunch of jerks.

The final drive. Like a game of Russian Roulette: all it takes is one.

THE DEFENSE

Really excellent–I’ve got no real complaints. They let a couple things go that they shouldn’t have, but overall they did a good job shutting down the Seahawks. What killed them was penalties, both legit and not, particularly in the second half of the game–roughing the quarterback, a 30-odd pass interference penalty, and scores of others.

The only penalty they deserve.

THE OFFENSE
I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but when you think about it you have to admit that the Packers offense was a big part of why we lost this game (with the bad calls being the other part). They DID NOT SCORE for the first half of the game. The ENTIRE first half. That is unacceptable. In the second half they were nothing short of amazing, and their rally should’ve been rewarded with a win. However, if they had played better in the beginning (and if Rodgers had thrown the ball away at least a couple times instead of getting 8 sacks), they wouldn’t have put themselves in the position to lose at the 11th hour in the first place.

One of the more effective offensive plays: the “hedgehog” catching stance.

INJURIES
Worthy went out in the second half. Not sure what happened there–looked like an ankle injury? When he was limping off the field he didn’t look too hurt, so I’m hopeful he will be back soon.

View the Packers full injury report here.

UP NEXT: New Orleans (0-3….really? Another bad reffing situation I’m guessing, judging by the references to Drew Brees’s ire towards the replacement refs. I haven’t heard anything from him yet, but it sounded like he wasn’t happy).

Now, on a brief political note: after yesterday’s game, a lot of people were talking about boycotting games until the real refs are given their demands. Don’t do that. The NFL already has your money for tickets, viewer counts aren’t really a selling factor and the only people you will hurt is your team. The players didn’t do anything wrong, and they are the ones getting shafted. Take a look at the McCarthy-Rodger press conference after last night’s game and you’ll see that I’m right.

If you want to boycott something, think for a second: where does the money come from? That’s right–advertisers. Sponsors. All those commercials you see. If you want to make an impact, organize a boycott of Nike or Gatorade or Ford or whatever the hell big sponsor they have, and let them know why. Those giant corporations have sway, they might have a shot of convincing the NFL to give in. Yes, they are a casualty of a war they have nothing to do with, but they are a rich casualty of war. And if we’ve learned anything from this whole debacle, it’s that money makes all the difference in the world.