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Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” where I break down the top praise, plaudits, and pontifications from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  After last week’s one-sided 49ers-Redskins affair, America was looking forward to the battle for NFC supremacy between the Seahawks and Saints.  However, the Seahawks and their famed 12th man quickly asserted their dominance early, leading to another one-sided outcome and yet another week of gushing over an NFC West team.  On the bright side, Gruden was in rare form in providing the “color” in color commentary, with some really oddball statements that you’ll see below.  Must have…

Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” where I break down the top cheers, compliments, and commendations from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  After last week’s Panthers-Patriots thriller, we knew we were in for a bit of a letdown last night with two sputtering “young” QBs, RGIII and CK1.  However, as the game showed, the 49ers’ other players are just a tad more talented than the salary-cap strapped Redskins.  This led to a dominating performance by the 49ers and, thus, a nearly uniform set of Niners-centric Grudensims. Though I should note that the top Grudenism of the night has absolutely…

Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” where I chronicle that top praise, plaudits and pontifications from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  For the first time this year, the actual game action eclipsed the Grudenisms.  It was such a well-played, compelling game, with an exciting and controversial ending, that there wasn’t much Gruden could do to overstate his analysis.  Frankly, this space would be better served by a special Blasé Belichick (for his awesomely awkward post-game press conference) or Geriatric Gerry Austin (seriously, that wasn’t a penalty?) column.  But I didn’t spend all night taking notes for nothing.  So without…

Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” where I chronicle that top praise, plaudits, and pontifications from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  Last night featured perhaps the worst MNF match-up of the year, between the winless Tampa Bay Bucs and the trainwreck Miami Dolphins.  It is only because I’m so handsomely compensated by TheFootballGirl.com that I was willing to sit through this football and chronicle the Grudenisms.  But that’s why I’m here: so you can watch “Dancing with the Stars” and not feel guilty that you’re missing something important.  Because it sure wasn’t the outcome of the game. As one…

Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” where I chronicle the top praise, plaudits, and pontifications from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  As a diehard Bears fan, I was bracing for a long night of Grudenisms regaling Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ juggernaut offense, which was poised to feast upon an old, depleted, and just plain bad Bears defense.  However, on the first drive of the game, the script was flipped–not just for the game, but possibly the season–by Rodgers’ left shoulder injury (reportedly a broken collarbone). At that point, the potential for Grudenisms greatly diminished.  The game…

It’s time for another rendition of ‘Positively Gruden,’ which chronicles the cheers, compliments, and commendations from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  After last week’s atrocity of a Giants-Vikings game, which prompted the first ever “Negatively Gruden” column in this space, ESPN was bracing for another debacle with Kellen Clemens’ St. Louis Rams hosting the Big Bad Seattle Seahawks. Turns out, though, the Rams respective lines (both offensive and defensive) took matters into their own hands and made this a game, dominating on both fronts.  If only the skill positions could have followed suit.  Sure, the game featured a dearth of…

Welcome to another rendition of “Positively Gruden,” which (usually) chronicles the best cheers, compliments and commendations from America’s favorite fawning former coach. This week’s matchup—featuring the 0-6 Giants against the 1-4 Vikings—threatened to be a challenging one for the Grudenator.  But nothing could have prepared us for the atrocity that was perpetrated upon the viewing public last night.  The Vikings were itching to test out their new toy, Josh Freeman, having decided to cut the cord on Christian Ponder after his disappointing start to the season.  However, Freeman may have turned in one of the worst quarterbacking performances of the…

It’s time for another rendition of ‘Positively Gruden,’ which chronicles the top praise, plaudits and panegyric from America’s favorite fawning former coach.  This week featured two teams historically on the opposite ends of the “clutchness” spectrum: The Colts, who find incredible ways to pull out victories from the jaws of defeat, and the Chargers, who do the reverse. However, call it the magic of Monday Night Football, but the script was flipped last night as the Chargers turned in a workmanlike performance, dominating the line of scrimmage and salting away the game when it counted.  The Colts, meanwhile, struggled with…

Greetings Gruden fans, The Wise Guy has finally returned from his European exile to reclaim his rightful place as TFG’s chief chronicler of America’s favorite fawning former coach.  Much like Roddy White’s 2013 campaign, it is going to take some time for me to regain my groove in this space.  So while this column is imperfect, it is the first step in the healing process. Fortunately, we were all treated to a doozy of a game last night, as the now 3-2 Jets (wait, is that right?) narrowly escaped with the 30-28 victory over the 1-4 Falcons (is that right…

Welcome to Part II of my breakdown of the best and worst NFL broadcaster.  If you missed Part I, where I counted up to my least favorite broadcaster, you can find that by clicking here.  But no more zeros, let’s get to some heroes.  Here are my 59 favorite NFL broadcasters.   59. Jason La Canfora (Reporter, CBS) 58. Albert Breer (Reporter, NFLN) 57. Sal Paolantonio (Reporter, ESPN) These three are my favorite NFL general reporters (the rest of them I do not have strong opinions on, and you can find at the bottom of this piece).  L.  Jason La…

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