Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Dude. Sitting here stunned in Madison, Wis.Report

  2. Avatar T. Hunt says:

    “one of the greatest playoff football games in history.”? What? Two teams with no defense can never play great games. All they can do is run up and down the field, hoping that there won’t be time for the other team to score at the end. I was pulling for Arizona but I don’t see how they’ll beat anyone next week.

    Frankly, this weekend had 4 of the more boring games in playoff history.

    Now, if we only had even MORE instant replay…


    • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to T. Hunt says:

      I don’t know. True the defenses did stink it up, but I grew up watching AFC fun n’ gun ball (Warren Moon, Boomer), so I appreciate the utter mastery that both Rogers and Warner showed. And Rogers being only a second year QB showing that kind of guts was impressive to watch. Some great receivers making some crazy insane catches (on both sides) in that game.Report

  3. Avatar greginak says:

    will there be a place to discuss the “performance” of the Bengal’s against the jets?Report

    • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to greginak says:

      if you want to gloat have at it. The J-E-T-S deserve it. Schottenheimer the Younger called a great game. Be an interesting game against the Chargers. The team I would not want to play is the Ravens. I think the Colts are very beatable and the Ravens have shown they can win on the road in the playoffs (this year and last year).

      As to the Bengals, we need some receivers. Losing Chris Henry (RIP) really hurt the offense, as they had no deep threat. Even still, props to Cedric Benson who played like a man possessed and tried to will the Bengals to victory on his back alone. The missed field goals and Chad Johnson (he has to change his name back after Revis owned him) dropping (an admittedly tough) catch in the corner of the end zone.Report

      • Avatar greginak in reply to Chris Dierkes says:

        i’m a steelers fan what do i have to gloat about this year. but i just wonder about the bengie’s fubaring in the playoffs again. I don’t think the ET’S are that good and i would expect them to get spanked by the chargers. the only chance they have is that Norv ” giant bag of fail” Turner is the chargers coach.Report

        • Avatar Chris Dierkes in reply to greginak says:

          The truth that dare not speak its name (or that Bengals fans don’t want to admit to themselves) is that Palmer has never been the same since Kimo von O. blew out his knee in that (prior to yesterday) last Bengal playoff game. Might be mental, might be physical, some combo…who knows, but he’s never been the same since.

          He has moments where he looks like his old self (against the Chargers this year for example), but they are few and far between. He runs hot and cold and the 2nd half of this year, he was pretty cold.

          I expect the Chargers to win against the Jets, but who knows. Revis should able to take out the best Charger WR. The guy the Jets will have a hard time stopping is Gates. But if their defense can keep them in it, if they can run the ball (keeping the Charger Offense off the field), they could have a shot late. The Chargers have been known to choke in the clutch. Still I would think the Chargers will be in the AFC championship game.Report

  4. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    As much as I despise the Ravens, their defense reminds me of the Stillers (last year!). I wouldn’t want to play them.Report

  5. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Suck it, Green Bay.

    I was moving all weekend but caught the end of this game over dinner. My favorite thing about the Cardinals is their ability to make football even more interesting than usual (at least in the last couple years).Report