3 Things Sportsattitudes Takes From NFL Week Seven

1. San Diego Chargers Cornerback Quentin Jammer told the media after surveying the wreckage of the team’s come-from-ahead 27-21 loss in Snoopy Stadium to the New York Jets Sunday the referees were the reason for the defeat.

“I don’t have to say anything about what the refs did – everyone saw how the calls went.”

And of course, after advising everyone he didn’t have to say anything on that subject…he did…

“When you’re not getting the chance to play the way you play, it’s upsetting. 

Mind you, he didn’t have to say anything on all this but when asked if the officiating was consistent…well…

“Yeah – consistently bad.  No way it was called fairly.  No way.  Not at all.  It wasn’t called fairly at all.  Maybe I’m being biased, but I’m just judging off what I saw.”

While biased…Quentin was called for two costly pass-interferences on the Chargers’ way to racking up a whopping 13 penalties in all…and I do understand his desire to vent at someone or something.  However, he only needed to gaze across the locker room at the real reason for San Diego’s inability to put away the Jets.

Quentin Jammer, say hi to your Quarterback…Philip Rivers.

Rivers looked like he was throwing darts out there on Sunday.  No, I don’t mean heat-seeking, accurate throws.  I mean DARTS.  His throwing motion was akin to being in a smoke-filled taproom trying to squint out tossing a dart at the board without hitting any patrons. 

His mechanics are currently so bad Head Coach Norv Turner may call in Denver Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow this week to give Rivers advice.

Not only did he toss two back-breaking INT’s in the second half, his clock management at game’s end had me thinking I was watching a Philadelphia Eagles game from an “era” long ago with Donovan J McNabb and Andy Reid calling the shots.

His final pass of the game on fourth down sailed so far out of bounds Fireman Ed almost caught it.  I’m still not sure Rivers even KNEW it was fourth down.

Philip is on his way to his fewest TD passes in a season as a starter.  His yardage and completion percentage has dropped each of the last three weeks.  He has 11 turnovers already this year.  Rivers is currently in troubled waters.

Quentin, your problem is almost directly in front of you.  Well, actually you have two problems now.  The NFL discipline police are on hold, waiting for you to pick up Line 1.

2. Color blindness is the inability or decreased ability to see color, or perceive any color differences.  What cruel irony both Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer, Quarterbacks for the Oakland Raiders, would be stricken with this deficiency simultaneously this past Sunday during their home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-0.  The Raiders were in stark black jerseys, the Chiefs in brilliant white ones.  Six – SIX interceptions were tossed by Oakland’s dynamic duo in this one.  Black and white…you just can’t produce two colors more easily distinguished, especially in bright sunshine.  A lot of folks are all over the Raiders for playing these two guys but clearly their medical conditions came out of nowhere…as did their throws.  Here’s hoping they get appropriate treatment before their next game.  Thankfully, Oakland has a Bye week coming up.  Fans have already started to rally, coming up with a slogan “Bye For The Eyes.”  Hopefully, doctors will be able to use these two weeks to get these two QB’s the help they clearly need since things are not black and white…with them.

3. Which brings us to the afore-mentioned Tim Tebow, truly one of the most polarizing figures in sports ever.  Much like Notre Dame, you long ago decided if you love or hate him.  His fire and passion for football and religion turn on some, turn off others.  However, the bottom line in the NFL is winning…which the Denver Broncos did on Sunday, 18-15 in overtime against the lowly Miami Dolphins.  After playing some of the most horrific QB seen in quite some time…at least until the Raiders’ game kicked off (see #2)…Tim produced more divine intervention the likes of which we saw repeatedly during his college days at Florida…taking Denver 80 and 56 yards for scores sandwiched between an onside kick (which I’m surprised he didn’t kick and then recover himself).  He did score the 2-point conversion himself to steer the game into OT…and then likely “guided” Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal between the uprights for the angelic win.

Look, I don’t know what is going on with this guy but he sure is fun to watch.  Of course, he had the advantage of playing before a home crowd.  No, you read that right.  Did you SEE the stands in Miami?  Tebow jerseys everywhere.  Crowd cheering.  Oh yeah, that was a home game.

This dude is living in rarified air and with his home base now in the Rocky Mountains…well, he’s even closer to his personal headquarters if you get my code.

If not, let me spell it out.  If by some miracle this miracle worker learns how to successfully pass for an entire game in this league…look out all you sinners.



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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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15 Responses to 3 Things Sportsattitudes Takes From NFL Week Seven

  1. tophatal says:

    I’d like to thank the Chargers’ front office and in particular A J Smith and Norv Turner for bringing to San Diego some monumental highs and rather inestimable lows for the franchise over the course of their tenure ! When will someone from within the Spanos family actually wake the hell up and fire the duo ?

    tophatal …………….


    • The Chargers continue to underperform and disappoint. The fact Turner hasn’t been turned over by now is disappointing indeed.


      • tophatal says:


        Of all the games played over the past weekend and then yesterday which do you believe was the worst of the bunch ? I’d say jointly the game last night ‘tween the Jags and Ravens ! And God forgive me for saying this but when a game ends in a 6-3 result between the Seahawks and Browns . What the ###k is going on ? I know Paul Allen has billions to burn but Pete Carroll is not the guy I’d have hired to coach the Seattle Seahawks . Well not at $7.5 million I wouldn’t ! Perhaps half of that , if not less .

        There’s a lot that has been written concerning Norv Turner’s birthright ……… all of it , is true ! He still rides on the coat-tails of Jimmy Johnson . Hence the only reason he somehow continues to get a head coaching job in the NFL .

        tophatal ……………


      • tophatal says:

        The Chargers are like the hot chick in a room at a party . From afar she looks great but once you get up close and personal she has the face of a mule ! Now what do you do ? Make out with one of her friends or run for the hills ?

        I’ll always go with the latter !

        tophatal ………..


    • Tophatal, I was going to say the Seattle-Cleveland game not only was the worst game of the weekend but of the YEAR. Then I watched Monday Night Football. Good Lord. Considering how both star running backs took turns laying the ball on the ground – without being aggressively prompted – well, let’s just say something smelled pretty fishy by the St. John’s River on Monday night. That game was “off.” It was almost as if both of them had money on the other team to do well…


      • tophatal says:


        I’m an expat Brit who’s resided here stateside for almost two decades . I love Premiership (EPL) soccer and I know that gripe against it is that there isn’t enough offense and scoring . But having witnessed Monday’s night’s game as well as that god damn awful display ‘tween the Browns and Seahawks’ I’d have gladly endured a EPL game that ended in 0-0 draw or being a detainee at Guantanamo than having to see either of those two NFL games !

        It’d be fair to say that the NFL lockout has hampered the preparations of the teams but in all honesty not to the point where they’re serving up this ” bs” and calling it NFL brand of football !

        I see no one came to TO and Drew Rosenhaus’ party in Calabasass , California ? I guess that’s what happens when both can best described as conceited bas_ards to say the very least ! Owens should hang up his cleats and ride off into the sunset !

        tophatal ………………..



  2. nsixx99 says:

    That is a fantastic post, so inventive. Tim Tebow is one in a million. I do not think he will ever be one of the great QBs but he is an amazing person and the last 5 minutes of the game on Sunday were fun to watch!


  3. chappy81 says:

    I didn’t get to see the Chargers game, but was happy with the result. Too bad the Raiders couldn’t take advantage of the loss… There does seem to be something wrong with Rivers this year, maybe he is buying all the hype about him and it finally went to his huge head.

    I’m not too worried about Palmer yet. After the game it didn’t sound like he even thought he was going to play let alone a whole half of football. Too much too soon for him… If he sucks against Denver after the bye week, I’ll surely be in panic mode…

    Tebow better not do that against Oakland in week 9…


    • Rivers has some serious issues, whether it be in his head or within his body. He is fading fast. I certainly won’t “grade” Palmer yet, but I did caution he didn’t exactly set Cincy on fire when he was there. Shame Campbell got hurt when everything was rolling along…and now McFadden has issues again.


      • chappy81 says:

        Yeah, I guess I didn’t realize how much Campbell meant to the team as a leader and playmaker. Sucks McFadden went down, but Bush was only 1 yard shy of 100 on the game, so the running was still there, just not at the goaline… The AFC West is once again up for grabs…


  4. Classic: “His mechanics are currently so bad Head Coach Norv Turner may call in Denver Broncos’ QB Tim Tebow this week to give Rivers advice”

    Rivers’ throwing motion is beginning to look worse and worse.



    • SG, I cannot believe how he’s throwing the ball. Perhaps an injury. I find it hard to believe his confidence (of all things) is shot. He even has Gates back now. Not that THAT has anything to do with throwing…”darts.”


  5. FireDannyAinge says:

    The Jets always get the benefit from the refs. This isn’t new. Football wants NY to succeed. Even if they are fake and play in NJ


    • FDA, from what I saw of that game it was a bit one-sided on the calls indeed. I don’t even know if the Chargers had a penalty in their prior game. NY…NJ…that’s why they got a Super Bowl. VERY important to the NFL.


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