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NFL Conference Championship Game' LIVE THREAD
FOXSports.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2003 | FOXSports.com

Posted on 01/19/2003 9:50:43 AM PST by Chi-townChief

NFC Playoff Matchups CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Jan. 19) Sunday, Jan. 19 — 3 p.m. ET: No. 2 Buccaneers at No. 1 Eagles, on FOX

AFC Playoff Matchups CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Jan. 19) Sunday, Jan. 19 — 6:30 p.m. ET: No. 2 Titans at No. 1 Raiders

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Any idea what's with these late starting times today? Is this just for the conference championships or is this the wave of the future and we'll start seeing these starting times every Sunday??
1 posted on 01/19/2003 9:50:43 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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2 posted on 01/19/2003 9:52:26 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Chi-townChief
It's just for the Playoffs. There already is a Sunday prime-time game every week at 8:35pm on ESPN during the regular season.
3 posted on 01/19/2003 9:52:43 AM PST by free me
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To: Chi-townChief
NFL wants the 'Showcase' game [Raiders vs. Titans] on a lucrative Sunday night prime time for more ad money.
4 posted on 01/19/2003 9:55:03 AM PST by ewing
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To: Chi-townChief
Go Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5 posted on 01/19/2003 9:58:44 AM PST by winodog ( Wheres my muffler?)
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To: ewing
This is a fun time of the year. Here's hoping for a parade down Broad street.
6 posted on 01/19/2003 10:00:20 AM PST by ditto h
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To: Chi-townChief
Didnt there use to be a conference championship game on Saturdays?
7 posted on 01/19/2003 10:01:40 AM PST by ewing
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To: Chi-townChief
Yah beat be to posting this thread...

And, yes, prime-time playoffs are evidently the wave of the future.

12:00PM PST
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Philadelphia Eagles

3:30PM PST
Tennessee Titans
Oakland Raiders


8 posted on 01/19/2003 10:08:13 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: Support Free Republic
I think the times of these games is perfect. I can get all my errands done, get an early dinner and spend the rest of the day watching the games while still getting to bed at a reasonable hour.

The traditional 1PM starts are not convenient for me at all as I usually have a lot going on around the house at that time.

I spent most of this morning taking care of errands and getting firewood inside the house to warm up (it was -8 degrees here this morning) for the fireplace. My wife's famous lasagna is almost ready and afterwards, I will clean up the kitchen for her and head down the basement where I will commence to light a fire in the fireplace and do nothing but watch football from 3PM on. I am rooting for a Tampa Bay/Oakland Super Bowl. Then I want to see Rich Gannon's Raiders destroy the Buccanneers in the big game!

Normally I root against the Raiders but this year is different. Not only do I want to see Rich Gannon get a much deserved ring to cap off his long career, but I feel a little bad about my Patriots beating them last year on a bad call. Since the Patriots are out of the running, I'd like to see the Raiders get what they probably should have gotten a crack at last year.

9 posted on 01/19/2003 10:08:52 AM PST by SamAdams76
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BTW, I've added some keywords...

Trash talking should not be done in the keywords but here on the thread if need be. Moderators don't like abuse of keywords.

10 posted on 01/19/2003 10:09:58 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Elmo: "I want your blood to be my paint and your flesh my canvas")
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I wouldnt be suprised to see a 6:30 PM Saturday start for the other conference championship game as well, like the Final 4 does.
11 posted on 01/19/2003 10:10:01 AM PST by ewing
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To: Chi-townChief
My heart says Tampa Bay,
but reality says Phillie.

Oakland - Tennessee, on the other hand...
I heard Tenn. has a new secret weapon,
you guessed it Officer Hall.
Bringin' a 12 guage and going to clean up
The Black Hole.

I'll take Tenn, in the upset.
12 posted on 01/19/2003 10:11:05 AM PST by dtel (Texas Longhorn cattle for sale at all times. We don't rent pigs)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
BTW, these were my keywords...
Oakland, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Raiders, Titans, Eagles, Buccaneers, NFL, Football, AFC, NFC, Super Bowl
13 posted on 01/19/2003 10:11:46 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Elmo: "I want your blood to be my paint and your flesh my canvas")
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To: SamAdams76
That would be fun to see Gruden against his old squad.

Would make for quite a week leading up to the big game.

14 posted on 01/19/2003 10:11:52 AM PST by ewing
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To: SamAdams76
Bad call?

Bad call?


Yeah so what? It was our turn!


Go Raiders!
15 posted on 01/19/2003 10:12:25 AM PST by Radix (The NFL kept the so-called "tuck" rule last year.)
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To: Chi-townChief
2 hour pre-game show on FOX.......

Next weekend, ABC's pre-game show is going to be an exhausting 4 hours.

16 posted on 01/19/2003 10:12:26 AM PST by hole_n_one
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To: SamAdams76
Pastors would definitely appreciate the later start times.
17 posted on 01/19/2003 10:13:15 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: hole_n_one
2 Hours of pre-game!

I hope Jillian Barbarie is on plenty...

18 posted on 01/19/2003 10:13:36 AM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
Too bad.

I liked the old afternoon games, where the first one of the day (the Eastern one) started at 1:00 EST. That way, inspired by the event, you still had time to have a spontaneous scrum with your buddies outside. The NHL also used to have afternoon playoff games (loved watching those growing up!), but they don't do that anymore - not enough money, I guess.

Bring back afternoon playoff games!!!
19 posted on 01/19/2003 10:14:40 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Radix
I agree, it was our turn and payback for the "roughing the passer" penalty back in 1976 that turned a sure-thing Patriots win into a Raiders win (Raiders went on to win the Super Bowl that year).

Nevertheless, it was still a bad call and now that the Patriots are out of it, I'm rooting for the Raiders because they deserve it.

20 posted on 01/19/2003 10:17:02 AM PST by SamAdams76
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WELCOME TO THE BLACK HOLE OF FREEPERVILLE!

The Silver and Black ~ The ONLY team that matters

21 posted on 01/19/2003 10:17:28 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (If the Packers are the Pack, and the Buccanners are the Bucs, what does that make the Titans???)
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To: Chi-townChief
All the way for Tampa Bay!!! Think like you are playing at home today with a balmy 58º afternoon...and remember your fans have so much more class than the eagles.
22 posted on 01/19/2003 10:17:32 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Buccanners == >> Buccaneers
23 posted on 01/19/2003 10:19:22 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Mee no hou 2 spel)
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To: Chi-townChief
Last week I was three of four, (missed on Buccaneers).

This week's predictions,

Raiders over Titans
Raiders are stronger team playing at home. One semi-rule is that a team will only get one nail-biter victory during the playoffs. Niners and Steelers got theirs first week, Titans last week. Of course, the Pats last year proved you can beat the odds with a little help from your friends (in stripes).

Bucs over Eagles
I ought to pick the Eagles. They're playing at home, last game in Vet. Cold weather thing is a little overblown. Usually the Bucs lost in cold weather cause they were playing a better team on the better team's home field. You used to be able to sell Tampa Bay chokers and Bengal doormats. Gruden seems to have the Bucs out of their choking ways. Tampa Bay was more impressive last week, but both Atlanta and SF self-destructed, so it's tough to tell whether the Eagles and Bucs were great, or the other teams stunk. Only real reason to pick Bucs is because I'd like to see the Bucs win, as logic says Eagles.

24 posted on 01/19/2003 10:20:43 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Chi-townChief
I don't have a dog in this hunt. I'll be pulling for Tampa Bay since I can't stand the Eagles (Redskin fan), and I'll be cheering for the Raiders since I live in Tennessee (enjoy watching the locals cry whenever one of their precious teams lose).



25 posted on 01/19/2003 10:21:02 AM PST by who knows what evil? (Sign on Tennessee car: Police...child/pet on board, please don't shoot!)
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To: ewing
In Los Angeles, Barberie is on air for 2 hours every weekday on FOX's Good Day LA
26 posted on 01/19/2003 10:25:27 AM PST by hole_n_one
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To: ditto h
My son thinks the Eagles will beat the Bucs 45 - 3 but I don't believe it will be that lopsided.
I think the Eagles will win 42 - 6.
27 posted on 01/19/2003 10:25:34 AM PST by Lancey Howard (Tag line (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
I hope the old geezers brought their oxygen tanks and geritol.
28 posted on 01/19/2003 10:26:25 AM PST by kylaka
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Freep this poll {snicker!}

NFL.com

That was my pick as well ;-)
29 posted on 01/19/2003 10:26:47 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: kylaka
Sure thing. Worked for them last week, the the game before that, and the game before that...
30 posted on 01/19/2003 10:28:28 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
A new urinal screen! Thanks. (Go Anybody- beat the Raiders!)

Bronco fan for life
31 posted on 01/19/2003 10:29:25 AM PST by ThinkingMan
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To: ewing
I hope Jillian Barbarie is on plenty...

She's got a hot body, but talks too loud and has an annoying voice.

But that's nothing that can't be fixed by less clothing and some duct tape.

32 posted on 01/19/2003 10:30:09 AM PST by Mulder
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To: Chi-townChief
Gannon is going to chew up the Titan's crappy pass D for 400+ yards, and the Raiders will roll into the Big Dance.
33 posted on 01/19/2003 10:31:41 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Chi-townChief
The Raiders demolished the Titans earlier in the year, and I think they will win big again. Of course, I'm a Raiders fan so I'm biased.

The Bucs/Eagles will be closer. Tampa has been playing well of late. My pick is Tampa by a field goal.

34 posted on 01/19/2003 10:31:48 AM PST by Mulder
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To: ThinkingMan
Who am I to question your strange urinating techniques, but remind me not to visit your computer room. ;-)
35 posted on 01/19/2003 10:32:46 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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My predictions from last Sunday after my 4-0 picks...
36 posted on 01/19/2003 10:37:14 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (The silver and black attack is back and nothing you can do to stop it boyyyyyyyyyy!)
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To: ThinkingMan
(Go Anybody- beat the Raiders!) ...Bronco fan for life

When Lyle Alzado first became a Raider he said it was difficult to look at himself in the mirror with his new uniform on, so much did he learn to despise the Raiders during his years in Denver. But it only took him a few games to get into the spirit of the whole thing, and he was of course a natural Raider. That '83 team was chock full of classic Raiders: Alzado, Long, Matuzak, and Townshend on the defensive line......Martin, Millen, and Ted (The Stork) Hendricks at linebacker .....and Lester (The Molester) Hayes and Mike Hayes on the corners.

37 posted on 01/19/2003 10:40:09 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Nice pickin'....

But I like the Raiders over the Bucs on Super Sunday.

38 posted on 01/19/2003 10:41:57 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Lancey Howard
My sons fav team is the beagles eerrrr eagles and my team has always been the raiders. If they both win I am thinking of driving to SD next weekend and praying and fasting for tickets.
I wonder if any freepers have any insight on just how tough it would be to buy two tickets. I think I would be willing to spend a grand on two ducats but I would not be willing to go much higher simply on principles. It would be something my 10 year old would never forget though and that memory of a lifetime would be worth a grand.
39 posted on 01/19/2003 10:42:09 AM PST by winodog ( Wheres my muffler?)
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To: CounterCounterCulture
From this San Francisco Chronicle article.......

HOW'S THAT AGAIN?: "During the Super Bowl weekend," says the Wall Street Journal, "Las Vegas betting outlets will be packed with gamblers placing virtually any kind of bet imaginable, from who kicks the first touchdown, to the ultimate total of the two teams' scores."

I don't know what the odds are, but I would imagine that one would be listed in Fortune 500's 100 Wealthiest People from the payoff for a simple $1.00 bet.

40 posted on 01/19/2003 10:44:31 AM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
I distinctly remember Dolphin Garo Yepremian "kicking a touchdown" in Super Bowl VII. ....although the Redskins scored the TD ;)
41 posted on 01/19/2003 10:47:37 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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FOX filler...interviews with NASCAR guys.
42 posted on 01/19/2003 10:47:51 AM PST by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
It is amazing how easy it is to switch your view of a player just because of the uni he wears. I can no longer stand Romanowski, when just a year ago I would stand in my living room and yell ROMO!!! every time he would make a hit. Ray Crockett on the other hand it is not too difficult to dislike- I never liked him much in a Broncos uniform.
43 posted on 01/19/2003 10:48:18 AM PST by ThinkingMan
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To: hole_n_one
I didn't know she was from Canada!
44 posted on 01/19/2003 10:49:46 AM PST by ewing
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To: ThinkingMan
Romo seems to be hated by almost every player and fan on the opposing side, and loved by the home folks. But I actually liked and respected the guy when he was on the Broncos, even though I'm a Raider fan. ....I guess it's because he's a throwback.
45 posted on 01/19/2003 10:51:39 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: ThinkingMan
I never could stand Romanowski. Not even when he was a Niner. He's always had good game but he ruins it with his attitude. At least he's not as bad as Deon was. He was the only player that I can remember watching that I would hope for a career ending injury on every play...even if he was on the sidelines.
46 posted on 01/19/2003 10:52:50 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: CounterCounterCulture
Starting to get psyched. Get used to the following image. We're going to be seeing a lot of it over the next two weeks.

Superbowl MVP, Donovan McNabb



GO IGGLES!

47 posted on 01/19/2003 10:54:49 AM PST by Antoninus
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To: Mulder
Looks like a Raider fan to me..


48 posted on 01/19/2003 10:55:20 AM PST by ewing
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To: SamAdams76
This one guy, all by himself, is enough for me to despise the carpetbagging Raiders:


49 posted on 01/19/2003 10:56:56 AM PST by ErnBatavia ((Bumperootus!))
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To: ErnBatavia
I love the Godfather.
50 posted on 01/19/2003 10:57:49 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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