FF week2 – After Further Review

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Injuries and referees

It was a strange week in the NFL. What we know is that we don’t know anything. The Patriots lose at home, the Saints fall to 0-2, The next coming Bobby Tre and the ‘Skins lose to the Rams, and Eli passes for over 500 yards. Here are some of my thoughts what we saw in the NFL week 2, followed by a great recipe for root beer baked beans.

 

If that wasn’t enough, we watched the replacement officials have difficulty with the rules and one replaced because he was tailgating with the fans and posting pictures of him in Saints gear on his facebook page.

The coaches are pissed, players are taking advantage, the game is suffering. It’s time to get the regular officials back. I don’t understand, with all the money the NFL generates, why don’t they have full-time paid refs?

The NFL locked them out in June after their contract expired. Negotiations with the NFL Referees Association have not yielded any agreements. I don’t understand the problem.

The Ravens/Eagles game was one where the replacement officials took over the game. There were a couple of controversial calls (although correct). One of them was a TD called back because of interference even though no actual flag was thrown.

“I might sound like a little bit of a baby here,” Flacco said. “But for them to make that call, I think, was a little crazy.” Yes you do joey unibrow, way to pile on. That was the right call but thanks for pointing it out that it was “crazy” to call it against your cheating teammate.

It’s not just the game-changing/controversial calls. That happens all the time in the NFL with the regulars, It’s the procedural calls that are being missed. Challenges, replays, clock management, it seems like every game has errors buy these guys.

Most importantly to this fan’s perspective is the cheating, I am not talking about the usual Ravens type cheating, it is league-wide. Week 2 was chippy.

Players are getting away with it, a lot more hand-checking and junk during & after the play.

“When you go into a game, you know what things you can get away with, with these refs that we have, guys are going to kind of cheat”, said eagles WR Jason Avant before the season.  We are seeing now.

The NFL has a plan through week 5, lets hope we don’t see it through.

 

Week 2 Notable Injuries

 

The biggest injury came to Pats TE Aaron Hernandez. his ankle was rolled by a teammate and he could miss up to 6 weeks. Ahmad Bradshaw left his game with a neck injury. His status is unknown for this Thursday’s game. Antonio Gates was a late scratch and the goose egg hurt fantasy teams that had him as their starter. Insult to Injury: His back-up score 3 timesJeremy Maclin was carted off the field after aggravating a hip, Steven Jackson has a groin, Shonn, don’t call me Shawn, Greene had a concussion in the STEELERS game, later returned but shouldn’t have, Eddie Royal hurt his shoulder and the Eagles lost 2 lineman.

 

There will be a lot of “Waiver-Wire” activity this week as teams try to replace these injured starters and underperforming players.

Check back later the FANFOOD Pick-ups of the Week.

 

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Root Beer Baked Beans

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 Slices applewood-smoked bacon cut into 1″ pieces
3 1/2 cups Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic
4 15oz cans Cannellini Beans, rinsed, drained
1 1/2 cups Root Beer
3 T Apple Cider Vinegar
3 T Molasses
2 T Tomato Paste
2 T Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 400

cook bacon until crisp, transfer to paper towels.

add onions to grease and cook until begining to brown, add garlic and sweat a little.

add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, transfer to oven, bake until thickened, about 30 minutes

 

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