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TWIT: The Week in Tweets, Jan. 20

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Saturday

There’s no part of the #NFL season that’s more fun than the Wind Chill Factor part. #Patriots #Packers #Broncos #Giants

Saints-Niners Game

If the #Niners let him, Sproles might set a playoff record for Most Swing Passes Caught. #NFL #Saints

Frank Gore. Always thought it would be a great name for a character in a Wes Craven movie. #Niners #NFL #Saints

Definition of a terrific coach: From the first series, you know his team is ready to play. Seems like the #Niners always are. #NFL

What kind of defense was that, Gregg, the Don’t Cover the Quick Slant defense? Yikes. #Saints #NFL #Niners

Keep waiting for Kenny Albert to say to Moose: “You played fullback for a decade in the #NFL, bashing your helmet into people … #Cowboys

… How are you even able to form a coherent sentence?” #NFL #Cowboys

You know who would be unbelievable in today’s #NFL? Harold Carmichael. 6-8, incredible reach. Would catch 15 TD passes a year.#Saints #49ers

When the ball is around your ankles, Michael Crabtree, you’re not thinking about YAC. You’re just thinking about the catch part. #49ers#NFL

As Rex Grossman would say, that interception of Brees’ was “just as good as a punt.” #NFL #Saints #Redskins

#Niners are looking at being +4 in turnovers in the first half and only being up 3. Harbaugh can’t be too thrilled about that. #NFL #Saints

Early on I said Sproles might set a playoff record for swing passes caught. Well, he has 8 receptions for 38 yards at the half. #NFL #Saints

The last #NFL team to turn it over 5 times and win a playoff game? ‘82 #Jets vs. #Raidershttp://bit.ly/wWL75q #Saints #49ers

The next-to-last #NFL team to turn it over 5 times and win a playoff game? ‘81 #49ers vs. #Cowboys in NFC title game.http://bit.ly/wsYNz6

On the subject of turning it over 5 times and winning a playoff game, the ‘75 Steelers did it 2 weeks in a row — and then won SB. #Saints

Here are the boxes of those 2 #Steelers games:http://bit.ly/AlmNmM http://bit.ly/AdgHnO 12 turnovers in 2 playoff games! #Saints #NFL

That run by Gore looked like The Last Days of Clinton Portis. Only thing missing was a piano on his back. #Redskins #Saints #NFL #Niners

Ever wonder how many times Gregg Williams game-planned vs. Harbaugh when he was a QB? Answer: 1. Box: http://bit.ly/zFZNdp #Saints #49ers

Carlos made a real DHall attempt to tackle Graham on that TD. Proud of him. #NFL #Redskins #49ers #Saints

The #Saints have scored 113 points in their last three playoff games (37.7 average) and are 1-2. Ouch. #Niners #NFL

If Vernon Davis (7 catches, 180 yds, 2 TD) had blocked a FG try, they’d be comparing his game to the Kellen Winslow Game. Wow. #Niners #NFL

Patriot-Broncos Game

I see Wes Welker, Mr. “Questionable,” has already caught a TD pass for the #Patriots#NFL #Broncos

The ending of the #49ers game was like a quadruple espresso. Gotta bring my pulse back to normal. #NFL #Saints

There’s Welker again, questionably making another catch and questionably running back to the huddle. #Patriots #NFL #Broncos

If Gronkowski caught that ball, it’s because he has hands the size of the British Empire (in the old days). #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

The #Patriots have scored 63 consecutive points — the last 49 vs. the #Bills and the first 14 tonight. #NFL #Broncos

In the New England cold, Tebow must feel like Rocky inside the meat locker. Looking for a rack of ribs to punch. #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

Top cold-weather players of all time: 1. Bigfoot. 2. Bart Starr. 3. Tom Brady (and moving up). #NFL #Patriots #Broncos

What’s even harder about playing in wintry conditions is knowing that as the game goes on, it’s only going to get colder. #Patriots #Broncos

Gronkowski, I’m imagining, is what Bronko Nagurski was like. A force of nature. Get out of the way. #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

Here’s what’s great about playoff football: No holding back. Sproles catches 15 passes for #Saints. A #Pats TE is the leading rusher. #NFL

And just think: The #Patriots are doing all this without Albert Haynesworth. #Redskins #NFL

#Patriots Scoring Machine Update: They have now scored 77 points in the last 5 quarters — and have the ball with 1:09 left in half. #NFL

Make that 84 #Patriots points in a 5 quarter span. Has anybody ever had more, regular season or postseason? Checking on that. #NFL

Just looked something up. The ‘40 #Bears hung 73 on #Redskins in title game, then scored 6 in 1st Q of ‘41 opener. 79 total. #Pats #NFL

Also note: The ‘66 #Redskins, who rang up 72 on the Giants, didn’t score in last Q of previous game or 1st Q of next. 72 total. #Pats #NFL

Of course, the #NFL would say regular season and postseason records are kept separate. But we’d know better, wouldn’t we? #Pats

1950 #Rams scored 80 points over 5-quarter stretch (Games 5-6). #Pats still in the lead. #NFL

Did Tebow say “hike” or “hypothermia”? #Pats #Broncos #NFL

Reasonably certain, after doing some research, that the #Pats‘ 84 points in a 5-quarter span is an #NFL record, reg. season or playoffs.

The answer to the trivia question: Who’s the only player to play in a conference title game the last three seasons? Shaun Ellis. #Pats #NFL

What’s this, the kinder, gentler Bill Belichick? The other one would have had no compunction about throwing for a 7th TD. #Pats #Broncos.

. . And dropkicking the PAT to boot. #Pats #Broncos

That’s two personal fouls vs. the #Broncos in the 4th quarter. If they get a third … tell ‘em what they’ve won, Johnny! #Pats #NFL

Brady now has 36 postseason TD passes. Only Montana (45) and Favre (44) have more. #Pats #NFL #Broncos #49ers #Packers

The #Pats are playing they way the should have played in the playoffs last year — PO’d. #NFL

Sunday

Came up to Baltimore to cover #Ravens#Texans game because, well, I wanted to see what a playoff team looked like. #Redskins #NFL

#Ravens, as successful as they’ve been, haven’t had a home playoff game in 5 years. Just shows you how hard this business is. #NFL #Redskins

If the #Ravens make it up to New England for the AFC title game next Sunday, this much I know: The #Pats won’t score 35 in the 1st half.#NFL

The insanity that overtakes punt returners in the playoffs is something that ought to be studied by the NIH. #JacobyJones #Texans #Ravens

Matt Turk punting for the #Texans — presumably because Mike Bragg wasn’t available. #Redskins #Ravens

We’ve seen some early drops here in Baltimore. Nerves? Shadows? Inner Harbor hangovers? #Ravens #Texans #NFL

Anybody think T.J. Yates is going to put up more than 17 points against this #Ravens defense? Game already slipping away for #Texans#NFL

Yates sees the field like somebody peering through a keyhole. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

… But then, it’s that way with a lot of rookie QBs. Tunnel vision. He’ll get better. Unless, of course, he doesn’t. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

A vendor just came up the aisle in Baltimore selling $7.75 cans of beer. Wonder if any customers have had to redo their mortgages. #Ravens

A 30-point first half in Baltimore. Not sure I saw that coming, but I’ll take it. Competitive, entertaining game. #Ravens 17, #Texans 13.

What you’re seeing with Foster in these playoffs isn’t just a talented back but a rested one. #Texans wisely sat him in Week 17. #Ravens

The change (for the better) in this #Texans defense in one year is just amazing. Kudos all around. #Ravens #NFL

Is there an Emmy for Worst Performance by a Punt Returner in a Nationally Televised Game? This Jacoby Jones is a piece of work. #Texans

Thought Jones might be going for the hat trick there — muffed punt, minus-6-yard return and … what comes third? #Texans #Ravens

The #Ravens have zero punt return yards. So while Turk doesn’t kick them as far as he used to, he still gets sufficient altitude. #Texans

Expect to see Jacoby Jones available on eBay after the game. Good lord this guy is an awful punt returner. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

Monday

Watching Tim McCarver interview Fran Tarkenton. Fran said he spent ages 5 to 11 in inner city DC. Didn’t know that. #NFL #Redskins #Vikes

Fran: “I’m convinced I learned the ability to scramble and avoid the rush and extend plays in the alleys of Washington DC.” #Redskins #NFL

Tarkenton, btw, claims West Coast offense started with late-60s #Giants — short passes, empty backfield. Refined it in Minny. #Vikings #NFL

One more on Tarkenton: Says his dad died during playoff game vs. #Cowboys that featured game-winning Hail Mary to Drew Pearson. #Vikes #NFL

Most conference title games in Super Bowl era: Montana 7, Brady/Elway/Bradshaw/Staubach 6, Favre/McNabb/Kelly/Stabler 5. #NFL #49ers #Pats

Most consecutive conference title games: Stabler 5 (73-77), McNabb (01-04), Aikman (92-95), Kelly (90-93), Lamonica (67-70) 4. #NFL #Eagles

Bob Griese and Kurt Warner both 3-0 in conference title games. Elway 5-1. Kelly 4-1. #NFL #Dolphins #Rams #Broncos #Bills

The #Giants‘ Hakeem Nicks has 4 TD catches in two playoff games, 3 off the record for a single postseason. Which #Redskinsreceiver had 5?

Answer: Alvin Garrett in the ‘82 postseason. Garrett had 3 TD catches vs. DET, 1 vs. MIN and 1 vs. MIA in the Super Bowl. #Redskins

If anybody’s wondering what’s gotten into Nicks, by the way, my guess would be: Victor Cruz. #Giants #NFL

Tuesday

Only 19 penalties — total — were assessed in the #NFL’s four playoff games over the weekend. #Saints#Ravens had none. #Pats #Giants

The #NFL record for most penalties by one team in a game, I’ll just point out, is 22 — 3 fewer than were stepped off Sat. and Sun. #Ravens

Can’t watch Danny Woodhead skittering about without thinking of that James Bond character, Dr. Holly Goodhead. #Patriots #NFL

Tebow’s 9-for-26 passing performance vs. the #Pats kept nagging at me. Then I remembered … #NFL #Broncos #Redskins.

. . Those were Doug Williams’ numbers in the ‘87 NFC title game vs. Vikes. Doug’s team only gave up 10 points, though. #Redskins #Broncos

The only RBs with 100-yard rushing games in these #NFL playoffs have been eliminated (Arian Foster twice, Isaac Redman). #Texans #Steelers

The new #Raiders coach, whoever he is, will be taking over a team that doesn’t have a pick in the first 4 rounds of this year’s draft. #NFL

The #Raiders spent their No. 1 on Carson Palmer, No. 2 on Joseph Barksdale, No. 3 on Terrelle Pryor and No. 4 on Jason Campbell. #NFL

Speaking of the draft, the #Seahawks still owe the #Lions a pick this year, probably a 7th rounder, for Tyler Polumbus. #Redskins

Putting together list of Top 10 Biggest Surprises in #NFL this season. One of my rejects: Tom Coughlin’s face getting even ruddier. #Giants

Before 2011, no #NFL QB had ever thrown for 4,000 yards and rushed for 500 in same season. Cam Newton’s figures were 4,051/706. #Panthers

Before Newton, Steve Young had the most rushing yards by a 4,000-yard passer: 454 in ‘98. #49ers #NFL #Panthers

More on Cam Newton: He’s also only 2nd #NFL QB to throw for 20 TDs and run for 10 in same year (21/14). Kordell Stewart ‘97: 21/11.#Panthers

#Colts#Bucs#Fins and #Raiders pretty much playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey with these coaching candidates. No Harbaugh out there. #NFL

The CSN camera just switched from Pat Sajak to Al Koken and, I swear, it’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart. #Caps

Seriously, if Al could just get Kelli Johnson to dress up like Vanna White … #Caps

The longer this Fielder thing drags on, the more I wonder if Boras isn’t going to have him play in an independent league this year.#Brewers

Mike Morse just had as good a year as Jayson Werth ever had, he’ll be 30 in March, yet the #Nats are offering him $3.5M. Great system.#MLB

It’s games like tonight’s that make you feel GMGM should blow up this #Caps team. Maybe he can borrow some Acme TNT from Wile E. Coyote.

Thursday

Hank Haney on his #Tiger book: “I feel like I wrote a book that was fair and honest.” He sounds like Meryl Streep in “Manhattan.” #PGATour

#Tiger, meanwhile, says of Haney’s book: “I just think [it] is very self-serving.” Anything with a byline is self-serving, Eldrick. #PGATour 

Was just reminded by #NFL Replay that #49ers recovered onside kick in 1st game vs. #Giants. Amazing it worked in the Year of the Touchback.

… I mean, if your returner is going to be taking a knee, anyway, why should anybody be peeling back early to block? #NFL #Giants #49ers

Ted Ginn is the Desmond Howard of his time. He’s like a plunging neckline on a department store mannequin. #49ers #Redskins #NFL

In ESPN’s movie about the Brothers Harbaugh — you know they’ll make one — I nominate Alec Baldwin to play John. #Ravens #NFL

As for the part of Jim, we should probably choose another Baldwin — Stephen, maybe. #Ravens #49ers #NFL

Only 14 times in #NFL history has the margin of victory in a playoff game been 40+ points. Two of those games were #Giants#49ers games.

I covered them both — in ‘86 and ‘93 seasons. #Giants won the 1st 49-3 http://bit.ly/wrsNef#49ers the 2nd 44-3. http://bit.ly/wbLunW #NFL

In ‘86 game, Montana got KO’d and Rice flat-out dropped the ball running for a TD. The ‘93 game was Phil Simms’ last. #49ers #Giants #NFL

Watching “Ronin,” the De Niro movie in which Katarina Witt, in a real stretch, plays a figure skater. #EastGermansIHaveKnown

 

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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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