i have hated that role and wanted us to get over it for so long. you know who the underdog is? a team that nobody expects to win. you know why they aren't expected to win? because they don't. it's fine for one, maybe two years, but to be perennial underdogs means all you do is lose and achiev really nothing and all you have is hopes that maybe...someday...you'll be a winner, but then you won't be an underdog anymore. teams with a reputation for winning can't considered an underdog.
"but..but we never do well when people expect a lot from us!" we need to get over that poo as well.
climb on top of that hill and claim your place as the best and dare everyone to come and take you off of it. have some balls instead of being some passive wuss franchise afraid of succeeding because they can't handle the pressure.
hochuli's crew made no mistakes in that game. i'll say it again, they made no mistakes. they set out to do the very thing they did...level the playing field, taking away the home advantage by calling the game in favor of the away team. this is something that hochuli's crew has done for years. i mentioned this and provided a link from a couple years back that showed it in one of the threads talking about the bad officiating. his crew not only has been one of the most flag happy crews in the league, but is consistently among the very worse in regards to flags being heavily in favor of the away team. hochuli is a lawyer with the power of a judge on the playing field. this is what you get. a ref who feels his job is to make the playing field level between home and away teams. it might be just me, but that's not the refs job. call the game. don't try to manage the game. this is why more challenges need to be made available and every play should be challengeable. some would say that takes away from the game, but officiating like we just witnessed takes away more from it.
totally greed. peppers had more talent, but never came close to giving what allen gave and gives every game. i think we'll see a return to his being a force on the field by putting him back in his natural position and with the guys we have on this team. that comment earlier about allen being a walking corpse is a joke. allen was the only guy with any life on that team. john fox is the perfect fit for that team. no heart.
ed hoculi's squad has a history of calling games in favor of the away team. this wasn't against the panthers...this was against the home team.
i remember i found a year or so back a site that kept a record of the number of penalties called on home teams and away teams and hoculi's group was one of the most lop sided in favor of the away team and i think i remember a comment being made that he didn't feel there should be a home field advantage and that he felt his role was to level the playing field.
i'll try to find the links. *EDIT* not exactly what i was looking for and a little older, but still along the same lines. hochuli's group tends to throw more flags than most and most of his calls are on the home team. he's not the worst, but it's not close. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/blogs/birds-nest/Examining-NFL-Referees-in-2010-121361499.html
in before PU creates a thread talking about how it's a trap game and then 5 minutes later creating another thread talking about how we'll dominate the saints because reasons and then after we beat them creates a thread talking about how it doesn't count because reasons.