2012 NFL-ballooza – Our Year in Review

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2012. What can we say? The Mayans were obviously wrong. Thank goodness because the NFL experienced quite a year of amazement from the Giants improbable Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots to this season’s comebacks of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson to the establishment of the 2012 rookie QB class of Andrew Luck, RG3 and Russell Wilson.

So, relax and enjoy as our staff takes you back to the good, the bad, and the memorable of 2012.  We present to you, dear reader, our 2012 NFL-ballooza.

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1. Top 10 2012 NFL Pop Culture Moments

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Rex Ryan: Oscar Nominee?

What was the biggest bit of acting from the Jets this season? Rex Ryan in the Adam Sandler vehicle “That’s My Boy” or the Jets masquerading as a playoff contender deep into the season?

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2. Favorite NFL Research Nuggets

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1. With Redskins QB Robert Griffin III’s win at Saints in Week 1 and QB Kirk Cousins’ Week 15 win at Browns, the Redskins became the first team in a non-strike season to have two different rookie quarterbacks win their first career starts in the same season, since rookies John Elway and Gary Kubiak won their starting debuts with the 1983 Broncos.

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3. Our Favorite Images of the Year

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Flip Wilson. #NOvsNYG #thenflseason

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 4. The Drop – The Jets Season Explained in One Play

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I make no apologies for being a Jets fan. In fact, they should apologize to me for 2012, but we’ll save that for another day. Despite a lack of wins, they stayed in the headlines all year long. For every circus attraction that was their season, the biggest moment wasn’t the Butt Fumble, or the Sanchez Drama. Or the Rex Ryan drama. Or the Tebow drama. Okay, there was a lot of drama. In fact, more drama than victories, for sure. BUT. (Not Butt as in fumble) BUT. What never gets talked about was a moment that could have not only saved the Jets season, but possibly catapulted them to the playoffs.

Check out the rest of Jason’s column here

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5. My Favorite 2012 Football Card – Tim Tebow – Topps Chrome #180

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Tim Tebow passing stats: 6 for 8, 0 touchdowns, 39 passing yards

Like John Keat’s Grecian Urn this Tim Tebow card above will remain frozen in time.  By now the season has concluded and Tebow’s days of being a Jet trickle down to his inevitable departure to Jacksonville.  As a Jets fan and a Gator alum, I can’t help but meditate on the possibilities of what may have been, the miracles that could have happened, and the Tebowing that will never be be…

Check out the rest of Amar’s rant here

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6. The Year on the Fringe…Fantasy

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It’s all sorts of fun to sit around and figure out who was fantasy football’s best player (Adrian Peterson) or best rookie (Robert Griffin III) and any number of other top awards. But what about some of the fringe fantasy honors that too often go overlooked?

Check out the rest here

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7. Unexpected (and expected) Year in Review

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The 2012 regular season has come to a close and what a year it was. Here’s a look at the most Unexpected (and expected) outcomes of the year.

Check out the rest of this year’s Unexpected and (expected) here

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8. Memories of Experiencing Chuck Strong

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Even though the team I was rooting for lost, to this day I am still glad I was there. It was the start of one of the best stories of the 2012 NFL season, and an instance where the country was able to see again that football is more than a game as it pulled a community together. The day I’m referring to is when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Green Bay Packers, and ChuckStrong became a part of the NFL lexicon.

The game took place a mere six days after news broke about Chuck Pagano’s diagnosis of a treatable form of leukemia. Hearts were heavy at Lucas Oil stadium, but most were optimistic about Pagano’s recovery. It was great to see players on both sides of the game respond by wearing #ChuckStrong t-shirts under their uniforms.

Despite the aura surrounding the game, early on it looked like a Packers rout would sour the mood in Indianapolis. The Packers were up 21-3 at halftime, and received the second half kickoff. That was, until, this happened.

Read the rest of Alex’s story here

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