Piper’s book and the BCS Championship

Steven Holley kept his part of the our little wager since his Ducks fell to my Tigers in the BCS title game. Thanks for being a good sport Steven and thanks for the Piper book. Now what will happen between Waymeyer’s Packers and Kolstad’s Bears?

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20 responses to this post.

  1. I am happy to answer your question.
    Packers by 14 points.
    The vibe here in Wisconsin really is incredible. Racine is actually closer to Chicago than it is to Green Bay. But once you pass the Cheddar Curtain there is NO going back.

  2. If Cutler plays a good game- we win. We have the pass rush to handle Rodgers if the O can do its part. I pick the Bears by 10 (but i’ve been drinking orange Kool-aid my entire life).

  3. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I haven’t heard anyone else offer this analysis, but the difference maker in the Packers’ 10-3 over Chicago in December was our punting. Tim Masthay punted the ball 8 times for an average of 37 yards per kick, four of which were inside the Bears’ 20 yard line. But more importantly he was effective in keeping the ball away from Devin Hester, who had only two returns for a total of 17 yards. In most games like that, Hester will return at least one punt well enough to provide a short field and lead to more points, if not take one to the house himself. Small margin for error on both sides; whoever makes the least mistakes will win.

  4. I’m not an expert on either team since I spend most of my football capital cheering for THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPS but from what I can tell it seems like it will be a defensive struggle along with special teams. Offense sells tickets but defense wins games, just ask Auburn but I digress.

  5. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Once again Packer punter Tim Masthay proves to be a difference maker: eight punts for an average of 41.8 yards, five of which were inside the Bears’ 20 yard line, and Devin Hester had three returns for only 16 yards.

    But crazy game overall. If Cutler’s ACL isn’t torn in five places, his reputation may never recover (even though the Bears ended up being much better without him).

    Rumor has it B.J. Raji will be lining up at tight end against the Steelers.

    And no, Tim Masthay isn’t my cousin–it’s just so rare that a punter plays such a key role in getting team to the playoffs and then to the Super Bowl.

  6. Posted by Scott Christensen on January 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Matt,
    You’ll be pleased to hear that I am pulling for the Packers in the SB. I love the way Rodgers is playing.

  7. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The tale of 2 halves in both Championship games.

    The BEARS played GREAT during the 2nd half. I can almost guarentee Rodgers O will score more than 2 offensive TD’s against the Black and Gold D. Da boys came to play (just 30 minutes too late). We almost beat the hottest team in the NFL with our 3rd String QB. Of course almost doesn’t count for much in sports. A sad afternoon here in NW Ill.

  8. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Did i mention the referees in this game made some very bad calls (and missed a few too)? Intentional grounding at a KEY point in the game. Forcing Lovie to challenge a clear Packer drop on the INT (after one judge ruled it incomplete)…and i could go on and on. COME ON MAN!

    Best play of the game- Peppers rocking Rodgers world.

  9. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Live press conference- Cutler TORN MCL.

    A guy doesn’t put in that much work all year long only to pull himself from the biggest game of the year (his career). I will say it again, I’d rather be a Bears fan in loss than a Packers fan in victory.

  10. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    So, just to clarify, Caleb, the officials blew it for the Bears, and the dirty hit on Rodgers was your favorite play of the game?

  11. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Dirty hit- only according to the new NFL. That play was a penalty according to the new rules.

    The officials were/are part of the games outcome. Coaches and players are not allowed to say that; fans can.

    The Packers have a great team. Your comments about Cutler’s injuries were destroyed by one of the stand up guys in the NFL (Lovie Smith). Watch the interview.

  12. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    So, yes and yes?

  13. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    P.S. If it helps you to be less defensive, Caleb, please know that I’m just asking so that I know how to pray for you. :-)

  14. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I loved the hit; we’re talking about NFL football right? Should the hit have been called a penalty according the new rules? Yes. Was it called for the Packers? Yes. Was it dirty? No. A dirty hit is what happened to Jim McMahon- you know all about that.

    Did the refereeing impact the final outcome of the game? Yes. Did they lose the game for Chicago? No.

    Great rivalry-

  15. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Great rivalry indeed. Packer fans recently voted the Chester Marcol OT game (Sept 7, 1980) as the greatest Packer/Bear game ever. I was at Lambeau Field that day as a ten-year-old, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    But seriously, dude, if you can watch the instant replay of Peppers’ hit on Rodgers and still see it as the best play of the game, you must have consumed too much of that orange Kool-Aid.

    Anyway, hope your guys do well in the Pro Bowl. Fans in a neighboring sky box claim they witnessed Brian Urlacher’s wife checking out hotels in Hawaii on the Internet during the half-time show. Of course she didn’t know that Jay Cutler was going to step aside and pave the way for a comeback. Shalom.

  16. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Paul, I think we’ve got an actual blog here!

  17. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    :)

  18. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    False report BTW- 54 and 55 pulled out of the flag football game also known as the Pro Bowl.

  19. WAR EAGLE!

  20. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

    “I was real disappointed,” Rodgers said of NFL players criticizing Cutler for exiting the game with a sprained MCL in his left knee. “I’ve known Jay for a few years now and know what kind of competitor he is. I thought it was disrespectful, some of the stuff said about him.

    “I admire his teammates. I saw Chris Harris’ interview on ESPN. I thought the questioning was ridiculous of him. But I appreciated the way he supported Jay, and Lovie has, and [Brian Urlacher’s] comments I thought were right on. To attack a guy’s toughness, when you’re not playing in the game especially, I thought was very inappropriate.”

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