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.
Packers vs Saints
Date: September 9th
Final: 27-28 Packers
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.
Next week: The Texans…who are at 5-0…in Houston.
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!
Packers (1-1) vs Seahawks (1-1)
Date: September 24th
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Packers (0-1) vs Bears (1-0)
Date: September 13th, 2012
At: Green Bay
Outcome: 23-10 Packers
Prior to this game, I was very confused as to why everyone was so worried about the Bears. For once, I had no doubts that the Packers would win. And I was right.
Btw, thanks to the awesome greed of the NFL network, we had to stream the game from an .eu site (sadly, the site we used last year–streamhunter.tv or whatever–is no longer available). I am not going to reveal the name of the site for fear that it will suffer a similar fate, but seeing that it was low quality and buggy anyway, you’re really not missing out.
I can sum up the Bears performance in one word, and amazingly enough, it was a word that was repeated (at last count) four times by the commentators:
Much, much, much, much, much better. Specifically, I have to give serious credit to A.J. Hawk. Even last year when the defense was falling apart near the end, Hawk was still a solid, reliable wall of a man, and he looks to be continuing that streak into this season.
Of course, I can’t not mention the fact that Clay Matthews is looking more and more like the monster we loved back in the 2009-2010. In two games, he’s already tied his number of sacks for the entire last season. Keep it up, Matthews–give the fans what they love.
They are much, much better, but not, in my opinion, as improved as the defense. Although maybe that’s because they were rougher to begin with. Finley is still dropping a lot of passes, though it seems like they are catching on to the fact that he’s maybe not the most reliable receiver on the team. Other than that, their running game is getting stronger, and a lot of the old standbys like Nelson, Driver, and Jones are starting to get back into the swing of things.
In closing, I pretty much have to draw about the most unlikely, ridiculous and unbelievable play I’ve ever seen pulled off successfully on an actual, non-Hollywood football field. If you’re paying attention at all, you all know what I’m talking about: the fake field goal turned into a touchdown. That play never should have worked, and yet it did. And that’s what I love about Packer football: whether they are surprisingly awful or amazingly awesome, you really never know what they’re gonna do next.
Though we didn’t see any injuries on the field, there are several players who are questionable for the next game, including our hero Tom Crabtree (though what a way to go, am I right?). Others questionables-of-note include Randall Cobb, Josh Sitton, Greg Jennings (who was out against the Bears already), and Jamari Lattimore, who is out with an ankle injury.
View the Packers full injury report here.
UP NEXT: Our first away game at the Seattle Seahawks (1-1), where the Packers do battle with team that wooed away second string giant Matt Flynn. Will we have a Rodgers-Flynn face-off that everyone’s been waiting for? And by everyone I mean me and maybe a few other people?
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
And, on an unrelated note: the Vikings beat the 49ers?! In what world does that happen? Come on!
Packers vs 49ers
Date: September 9th, 2012
At: Green Bay
Outcome: 30-22 49ers
This year, I’ve decided to try and do less typing and a lot more drawing. So without further delay, on with the show!
What can I say? They played a great game. One of the best teams from last year + Randy Moss, they made it further in the playoffs than we did and I’m not surprised we lost, regardless of what the oddsmakers told us before the game.
Also–a record-tying field goal? Really? You can’t compete with that.
However, while their footballin’ abilities are beyond reproach, I can absolutely mock the hell out of their coach. I mean Christ, I’m shocked he wasn’t wheeled out off the field in a straight jacket by the end of the first quarter. That guy needs to calm the F down before one of his neck muscles snaps.
Better than last year, but still not good enough. Their red zone coverage is still strong, but until you break up your opponents’ passing games, you’ll keep giving up field goals, or worse. And when you can’t count on the offense to make the big plays, even field goals will be enough to kill you.
That being said, I was happy to see Matthews back in fighting form, with 2 sacks and one assist. However, I did notice that he seemed to be going for Smith’s feet more than anything else…
Ugh….where to begin?!
No, no, I promised to keep it brief and I will. Here’s what I see: when they are under pressure, they click. They move the ball down the field and they put themselves in a position to score. When they’re not under pressure, Rodgers hesitates, second guesses, waits for God-knows-what, and gives the defense a chance to either cover all his receivers or drag him down kicking and screaming. Why do you think he ran so much? Because he didn’t leave himself any other choice.
What they need to do is play every down like it might be their last. It’s the only way they will ever move forward. Otherwise every drive will either take a hundred years or it will be shut down before it starts.
Of course, their insane amount of penalties and backwards motion didn’t help their progress either, nor did their complete lack of a running game. Where the hell is Starks? That’s what I kept asking.
Still, there were some good things about this game despite the loss. Nelson is still the best man to have around in a pinch, it’s nice to see Cobb getting some more offensive field time, and even Finley seems to have mostly removed whatever demons were in possession of his hands at the end of last season. I wholeheartedly believe that, now that they’ve ruined their chances of a “perfect season” before they even had the chance to begin with, things are going to get better. The dream is over, guys, so all you have to worry about is the game at hand. Maybe now we’ll actually start winning again.
None during the game, though I do see that Desmond Bishop is on injured/reserve list (according to this roster). Anyone know what’s up with that?
UP NEXT: Cutler and the Bears (1-0) on that glorious nightmare that is Thursday night football, available exclusively on the NFL Network. Tune in next time to hear about how I manage to watch THAT game without selling out to the man or punching a rabid drunken fan at the local bar. It ought to be fun.
It’s finally here. After months of waiting, it’s back. Football. Real, awesome, non-preseason football.
And of course you know what comes with football…
That’s right, it’s Stickmen Football. And this year, I’d like to open it up to contributors. If you like football and/or drawing things based on football, then I want to see it!
There are only a couple rules:
1) It has to be hand drawn, at least to start. Color is preferred, but black and white is acceptable.
2) It has to be based on something that happened in a recent football game. In the past I’ve only covered the week’s Packer game, but that doesn’t mean other games won’t be considered.
3) It has to be submitted the day after the game so I can get it on the site ASAP.
And…that’s it! So if you’ve got sweet stickmen skills, send your drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the game you are covering and a description of the moment you are illustrating. You will be credited and you will retain all rights to your drawings.
Let the games begin!