You have friends (we hope) and you want to throw a football party, but you don't know where to start. Worry not. Researchers at Rube Sports Radio University have compiled the list of the top four necessities to throw the best football bash possible:
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2. The Star Shower
Throw away the ladder. I travelled to Phoenix for Christmas recently, and it's clear that the era of hanging lights from the eaves of the house are long gone. Everyone in the 602 is using something to project an image on the house: a swirling, colorful array of lights. Think Lasers!
For your football party, you need a couple of Star Shower Motion Laser Light Projectors. Simply plug them to an outlet controlled by a switch and when there's an exciting scoring play, flick 'em on. For extra halftime excitement, keep them going the entire halftime performance. Or if there is no halftime performance, tell Google to play some Doors and everyone can sit cross-legged on the floor and chill amongst the lasers for fifteen minutes.
3. Think Sound
You cannot have people over to your house and listen to the game on what amounts to a speaker the size of a quarter. Instead, purchase the beFree Sound Blue 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bluetooth Speaker System. For a little more than $150, you can have a sweet sound system and a true game experience. We're all about that bass!
4. Bumper Ball
Yes, nothing says 'fun' quite like an inflatable ball that can envelop a human being and allow the human to launch him or herself at a friend. Watch the collisions on screen, and then reenact them in your living room (if large enough and you've already de-cluttered your life) or outside. It's super fun in the snow, where you can pretend to be Nathan Peterman getting buried in a snow drift after a quarterback sack. The Anfan Inflatable Bumper Ball Human Knocker is a great product and will allow you to relive your glory years in the safety of a bubble.
We guarantee that if you follow these four Rube-Approved party ideas, you'll throw the best football party possible. Of course, make sure you prep for the big game by first tuning in to the Rube Sports Radio podcast to get the information you need from the top sports minds in the business.
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Hey everybody Rube Lance here with your Rube Rant of the day. I was excited about doing my Rube Rant this week we had a great divisional round in the NFL playoffs. You had the youngster Pat Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) going in getting his first win against the Colts you have the Rams going in beating up on the Cowboys and the Ageless Wonder Tom Brady (New England Patriots) going to another AFC Championship Game, keeping Philip Rivers never been able to get to the top of the mountain. And then you have the other wonder, Drew Brees goes in and wins it but I can't I can't even talk about the positive stuff because of what happened at the end of the Saints Eagles game. I reposted the video: Michael Bennett, this guy's a complete jackhole. The NFL has a problem. The Philadelphia Eagles have a problem. Football players of this caliber should not be attacking people who are just doing their jobs.
With the holidays behind us, family obligations complete, and all the leftovers in the fridge either consumed or given to Roofus behind our wife's back, it's time to focus on what's important: football. More specifically, how can we best consume every NFL Playoff game, from Wildcard weekend through the Super Bowl? The answer is simple: you need a new TV.
In case you've had your head buried in the sand for the past couple years, television technology is insanely cheap. Component pricing is at an all-time low and you can safely buy an 'off traditional brand' television without sacrificing too much in quality. Sad as it may be, televisions have become part of the Throw-Away Society.
When I was a kid, my folks had a television that was over twenty years old. They couldn't imagine getting rid of it, and when they finally did, my dad disassembled it first to ensure the Magna Carta wasn't hidden inside. That's how old this thing was.
But with prices where they are now, you're best served to buy a large screen smart TV and count on 2-3 years of use. That's not too bad. If you spend $400 on my favorite 55-inch smart television, and you use it just to watch the 2019 NFL playoffs (that's eleven games of pure joy), it comes to less than $36 per game. Think about it, on a per-game basis that's the cost of three beers in the stadium or taking the wife to a movie and sharing a bag of corn.
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The point is, treat yourself. There's no other way to watch the 2019 NFL playoffs than on a nice, shiny, new television. And this one is the best deal going. You're not ready for the NFL playoffs without it.
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Hey everybody, Rube Lance here with your Rube Rant of the day. Today we're going to get serious. Up to this point the rube rants have been pretty nice, actually complementary. But today we're going on the attack and I'm coming after the NFL and Roger Goodell. It's time to change the NFL playoff seedings system. This system makes no sense and it's more prevalent this year than ever before and I'll tell you why. You have got the two best teams in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers. They're both 12 and 4, but the Chiefs have the tiebreaker. They've split head-to-head but because of the NFL seeding rules the Chargers are now the five seed. Now they have to go on the road to the Baltimore Ravens who has two less wins than them. How does that make sense? In what other sport are you the second best team and have to go on the road for the first round of the playoffs? This system is old, it's antiquated and it's got to go. And the thing is, the Chiefs and Chargers are probably going to meet in the divisional round. That's the game that should be the AFC Championship game. When you look at the other two teams, the Houston Texans and New England Patriots, they both have worse records and they get the advantage of having some home games. This system needs to go. The other perfect example of this was back in 2010 when you had the Seattle Seahawks, who didn't even have a winning record. They were 7 - 9. Yet they got to host a home game against the New Orleans Saints who were 11 and 5 but still didn't win their division. So the Saints had to go on the road, Super Bowl champs from the year before, 4 games better than Seattle and they end up having to go into Seattle and ended up losing. Kudos to Seattle for coming up with that victory but let's be honest, in the NFL home field advantage is the biggest advantage in all of sports. Not in major league baseball, not in the NBA and not in Hockey. Home field advantage is somewhat important there but not nearly as important as it is in the NFL. So to Roger Goodell and the NFL, you need to change your system. You need to re-seed from the start. I mean after all you reseed after the first round so why don't we just put the number 1 and number 2 seeds, the best team in the AFC regardless of division. The only thing the division should guarantee you is a spot in the playoffs because I don't think winning a crappy division like the Baltimore Ravens did, earns you the right to get a home game. Going 12 and 4 does. That's my Rube Rant of the day. Get it changed NFL and Rodger Goodell!
Rube Sports Radio #24
NFL playoffs reached a climax with an exciting divisional championship round.
Intro – unbelievable Minnesota Vikings finish. The reaction was equally as entertaining. The Rubes discussed how it all went down with the New Orleans Saints versus Minnesota Vikings finish.
Rube Mike discussed how he lost a friend because he made fun of his friend’s vague Facebook status update ways. Lance disclosed that he recently repaired a friendship with his fantasy football commissioner.
Review of NFL games:
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings:
Things Minnesota Vikings should be happy with – put the curse to bed, Case Keenum gets a playoff win.
Things Minnesota Vikings should be concerned about – giving up 17 points in the fourth quarter, the play of Case Keenum (throwing off back foot, lofting passes, was getting hit from a less-than-stellar pass rushing front), inability to run against an average rush defense.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers – crazy game, with the Jags giving up a crap-ton of yards and points.
Things Jacksonville Jaguars should be happy with – Blake Bortles is now a seasoned playoff vet with two wins under his belt, did not have to rely on Blake Bortles to win the game as defense scored and rushing attack was clicking.
Things Jacksonville Jaguars should be concerned about – they gave up a boatload of passing yards (469 yards), they only had 2 sacks, defense couldn’t put the Pittsburgh Steelers away.
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots – just as Mike said last week, that if the Titans weren’t competitive against the Patriots then Mike Mularkey would be fired. Mularkey was essentially fired. Lance found a way to argue that he wasn’t.
Things New England Patriots should be happy with – offensively, the team is clicking and playing at a high level, Jacksonville Jaguars took out a major threat to New England Patriots and its defense by eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers, pass defense had a lot of pressure put on Marcus Mariota.
Things New England Patriots should be concerned about – susceptible to the run in the regular season but shut down Derrick Henry last week, though not many rushing attempts. Still a concern. If Leonard Fournette is healthy, New England Patriots will have to get creative. 64% third down efficiency at home against a bad team. Mike would have expected to see this closer to 80%. Also, the Patriots gave up 2/3 fourth down conversions.
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles –
Things Philadelphia Eagles should be happy with – they get an extra day of rest more than the Minnesota Vikings, Nick Foles didn’t give the game away with bad decision making, defense was legit against a prolific balanced Atlanta attack. Next week’s game is at home.
Things Philadelphia Eagles should be concerned about – Nick Foles didn’t make a play to win the game. It feels more like they barely hung on, and if the game had another quarter then Philadelphia Eagles would have easily lost. Not much offensive production against what was a slightly better than average defense during the regular season.
Scotty’s Terrible Take – Scott officially jumped the shark this past weekend, as he refused to admit that Teddy Bridgewater was not on the active playoff roster. It went so far that Scott cheered against the Minnesota Vikings just so he could try to spin that his Teddy Bridgewater take is correct. Sad.
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Upcoming NFL playoff games:
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots:
Mike: New England Patriots favored by 9 points at home. Some might argue that this isn’t enough. Jacksonville surprised many by beating the Steelers last weekend, but they aren’t going to surprise Belichick who has seen it all. Bill Belichick takes away your strength. Expect to see a lot of exotic pressure on Bortles that will make him check out of rushing plays and keep the ball in his hands. For Jacksonville, I expect they will try to counter Belichick’s brilliance by smashing Fournette at them. If he’s not healthy or the rush isn’t effective, Blake Bortles will melt down. And I expect that will happen. This is the big time, and Jacksonville just isn’t ready. The Jaguars fans will be happy with the season and New England will continue the Brady legacy with another Super Bowl appearance. Take the Patriots and give up the points.
Lance: Take Jacksonville and the points, and he also calls for a Jacksonville win straight up.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles:
Lance’s emotional breakdown: Low scoring game. Lance admits his purple goggles are on. He takes Minnesota to win straight up and to cover the points. Mike pointed out that the over/under for the game is 38.5. Lance took the under and Mike took the over.
Mike’s detailed breakdown: Mike declared that he’s all in for emotionally pulling for the Vikings. He is #SKOL. Logically, though - Minnesota Vikings favored by 3 points on the road. The Eagles players didn’t like being underdogs last weekend against Atlanta, who were favored by a greater margin by Vegas. Some players were seen wearing some disturbing animal masks after the game, I thought I was watching a Stanley Kubrick film, like some Clockwork Orange stuff going on. Really bizarre stuff, but I get it. I’m pretty sure they aren’t happy about being underdogs again this week. That doesn’t bode well for Minnesota. Also not good for Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles have a statistically similar pass rush as New Orleans Saints, but Philadelphia has a much better rushing defense than the Saints, which leaves even more on Case Keenum’s shoulder. Philadelphia Eagles will make Case Keenum beat them by air. The key for Minnesota is for Keenum to get rid of the ball quickly. Fast decisions and neutralize the Philly front, much like Eli Manning proved was Philadelphia’s achilles heel back in September. If Case hangs on to the ball, expect to see a quick quarterback change to the fast throwing Sam Bradford. With the better decision making and quicker release, Minnesota Vikings win this game if Bradford plays more than one quarter. Otherwise, Philadelphia goes to the Super Bowl in what will be one of the more unexpected outcomes since they lost their franchise quarterback. Take Philadelphia and the points.
On average, the Eagles produce 1.94 turnovers per game whereas the Vikings are at 1.18/game. This might be the telling factor in the game, where Philadelphia has had 6 defensive scores this season to 1 by Minnesota. According to Mike, this will be the deciding factor in this game, and the game will go in Philadelphia’s favor as a result.