Leonard's Memory Lane

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    reading;dancing;horsebackriding;stargazing;movies especially westerns. My back problems have curtailed my activity.

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  1. Leonard's Memory Lane

    New York Giants 9-7 in 2011 Super Bowl Champs

    This had the usual discrepancies between the Regular and Post Season Games. Since the differences were more intense and a 9-7 team won the big prize, I will look at the the games closer in the near future. Here are the NFC Playoff Teams and their records Atlanta Falcons (WC) 10-6, Detroit Lions (WC) 10-6, Green Bay Packers 15-1, New Orleans Saints 13-3, New York Giants 9-7, San Francisco 49ers 13-3, From AFC the Giants played the New England Patriots who were 13-3. Here is how the Giants fared against the Playoff Teams during the season On the road: defeated the New England Patriots, 24 to 20; lost to San Francisco 27 to 20; lost to New Orleans 49 to 24; at home lost to Green Bay 38 to 35. For the Playoffs at home, (WC) , defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24 to 2; at Green Bay defeated the Packers 37 to 20; at San Francisco defeated in overtime the 49ers 20 to 17. In the Super Bowl the Giants defeated the Patriots at Indianapolis 21 to 17.
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    2008 Cardinals 9-7 but Went to the Super Bowl

    The 9-7 2008 Arizona Cardinals were the worst team ever to be in the Super Bowl. Here were 5 of the 7 losses: @ New York Jets 56 to 35; H New York Giants 37 to 29; @ Philadelphia Eagles 48 to 20; H Minnesota Vikings 35 to 14; @ New England Patriots 47 to 7 Their defense was below average and they were last in the Conference in running. Kurt Warner passing to targets such as Tim Hightower, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston made this the second ranked passing offense. Arizona defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of the regular season 34 to 29. However, this victory was meaningless. The NFC West was so bad that a .500 record would have put them in first place. The Cardinals were 6-0 against teams in their Division. This meant a 3-7 mark playing the other teams. Here were the three wins that were outside the NFC West that the Cardinals won. All three were at home. Defeated the Miami Dolphins (11-5) 31 to 10; Buffalo Bills (7-9) 41 to 17, the Bills won their first four games but were 3-9 thereafter; the Dallas Cowboys (9-7) 30 to 24. The win over Miami was their best performance of the season. In Week 6 Arizona on the road lost to the 12-4 Carolina Panthers 27 to 23. This was a great passing duel between Jake Delhomme and Kurt Warner. Both quarterbacks put up big numbers. Warner-35 of 49 for 381 yards and two touchdowns. The two big targets were Larry Fitzgerald and and Steve Breaston. Delhomme’s numbers were less impressive but still good-20 of 28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Muhsin Muhammad was his main target. In spite of all this passing, the Panthers won from their ground game. DeAngelo Williams gained 108 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Arizona’s ground game was nonexistent. Final again Carolina 27 Arizona 23. Wild Card-The Cardinals at home defeated the Atlanta Falcons (11-5). This was a great passing duel between Kurt Warner and Matt Ryan. Despite the Falcons being two games better, the Cardinals won 30 to 24. Two great defensive plays brought victory. Antrel Rolle returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. Antonio Smith tackled Matt Ryan in the End Zone for a safety. Semi-Finals-As they did in the regular season, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme squared off. The combination of Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald was too much for the Panthers to handle. Nevertheless, the defense won this game. The Cardinals intercepted Jake Delhomme five times, sacked him three times, and recovered a fumble. Noone can win against a defensive performance like the Cardinals made in this game. Easy win. Arizona 33 Carolina 13. Let’s forget the AFC Championship. It still hurts.
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    1979 Rams 9-7 but were in the Super Bowl Part 2

    Many thanks for reading my post.
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    1979 Rams 9-7 but were in the Super Bowl Part 2

    NFC Championship Game Los Angeles at Tampa Bay. After defeating Dallas, the Rams had a rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both games were at Tampa and were defensive struggles. Both teams took opposite paths to arrive one game short of the Super Bowl. Already mentioned was the late surge that brought Los Angeles from 5-6 to 9-7. After 12 weeks the Buccaneers were 9-3. Among the victories was a 21 to 6 effort over the Los Angeles Rams. Jim Youngblood returned an interception for an early touchdown for LA. That was it for the Rams even missing an extra point. For Tampa Bay, Doug Williams threw two touchdown passes and Ricky Bell ran for another. The Bucs gained 249 yards to just 186 yards to the Rams. Tampa then lost three straight games including a 14 to 0 loss to the Chicago Bears. They won the last game 3 to 0 to the Kansas City Chiefs to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The NFC Title Game at Tampa Bay. Kicking three field goals, Los Angeles shut out the Buccaneers 9 to 0. LA gained 369 yards to just 177 yards for Tampa Bay. In the Super Bowl at Pasadena, CA, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Rams 31 to 19. The lead changed seven times before the Steelers pulled away with two touchdowns in the last seven minutes. Nevertheless, the Rams made a remarkable comeback from being 5-6 during the season.
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    Three 9-7 Teams in Super Bowl-1979 LA Rams Part 1

    Give me some time. That analysis is coming. Thanks for reading my narrative.
  6. With the Eagles currently floundering, a look at three teams that went to the Super Bowl with 9-7 seasons gives me some hope Los Angeles Rams 1979 In the six year period from 1973 to 1978, the Rams had three 10 win seasons and three 12 win seasons. In the playoffs, either the Dallas Cowboys or the Minnesota Vikings kept them short of the Super Bowl. Often they had defeated these teams during the season. After 11 games in 1979, Los Angeles was 5-6. They had a three game losing streak. It looked like their chance for the playoffs were gone and coach Ray Malavasi would be elsewhere in 1980. Yet in the 12 week they began a four game winning streak. So mediocre was the NFC West that Rams’ final game was a meaningless loss; or as I call it an exhibition game during the season. All of the games I refer to below, both Regular and Post season, were away games for the Rams. First round at Dallas. The Cowboys were 11-5 for the season which included a 30 to 6 victory over the Rams. As might be expected, the Cowboys were heavily favored. However, the Rams stayed close and won with a late touchdown pass, Vince Ferragamo to Billy Waddy. The last week of the regular season saw Roger Staubach’s last miracle. He threw two touchdown passes in the last five minutes to defeat the Washington Redskins 35 to 34. Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys had an emotional letdown. Final Rams 21 Cowboys 19.
  7. I really have missed often putting it the right.  Even so, that for saying it was a good post.

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    Making Football Safer

    Thank you for responding.
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    Making Football Safer

    Thank you for your response ti my article.
  10. Oh my goodness. That was the quickest response I have ever had.  Thank you so much

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    Making Football Safer

    The NFL is gradually trying to make the game less dangerous. Football will always be a violent sport but the changes to date should make a difference. It is against the rules to spear or hit a runner when he is down. A simple touch is all that is required. It makes no difference whether he slips and falls on his own or is down by contact. Let’s go back to the NFC Title game in 2003 at Lincoln Financial Field vs. the Carolina Panthers. I will never forget the cruel hit from Greg Favors on a prostrate Donovan McNabb. The replay showed that Favors made no effort to slow down. Quite the contrary, he dove into McNabb breaking his ribs. That should been a half the distance penalty, a fine, and an ejection. The Eagles did virtually nothing after that play and lost 14 to 3. Six years later in 2009 at Carolina McNabb ran for a touchdown. A Carolina player speared Donovan McNabb who was flat on his face. As I recall Donovan missed two games from bruised ribs. Officials cannot ignore plays like this in the name of "letting them play.” Rules are not made to be broken.
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    Andy Reid in Kansas City

    Andy Reid has now been in Kansas City for five years. His team has gone on a series of streaks of both wins and losses. This indicates the Chiefs are playing well over their abilities and then they fall. I don't think I have seen anything like this before. 2013. Won 9 in a row; lost 3 in a row; won two and lost two; In the final two games the Chiefs were coasting; the games were meaningless. Headed in the playoffs Kansas City was 11-5; They had a big lead 38 to 10 over the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter; Suddenly the team collapsed and the Colts won 45 to 44. 2014. Lost the first two games; won 7 of the next 8 for a 7-3 mark; lost 3 in a row; won 2 of 3; The 9-7 record not good enough for the playoffs. 2015. After winning the first game, lost 5 in a row. Won 10 in a row to finish 11-5. Defeated the Houston Texans 30 to 0 in the first playoff game; lost to New England 27 to 20. 2016. Split first four games for a 2-2 mark; won 10 of next 12 for a 12-4 mark; lost to Pittsburgh 18 to 16 in the playoffs. 2017. Won 5 in a row; lost 6 of next 7 bringing record to 6-6; Won the final four to finish 10-6; Lost a 21 to 3 lead to the Tennessee Titans losing 22 to 21 in the first game of the playoffs.
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    [News] Nigel Bradham Returns To Be A Part Of 'Controlled Chaos'

    This isn't the right topic Dave. Lagarette Blount. Is he headed to Detroit. Detroit has not touched greatness since the 1957 Title at home defeating the Browns 59 to 14.
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    [News] Stage 5: A Parade To Remember Forever

    This would be a massive clean up. Before it begins what not let the police shoot rats which will no doubt be out in full force. It will not make much of a dent but at least we will get some.
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    I am an old man now so I can look at the Cheerleader in a detached manner. Those young ladies would be much attractive wearing boots