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Goldensilence
10-07-2012, 09:00 PM
48 consecutive games with a TD!

I think it's pretty safe to say the guy has more than punched his HOF ticket.

Ryan
10-07-2012, 09:21 PM
meh.

gtexan02
10-07-2012, 10:18 PM
Pretty incredible record. I'm curious to see how this plays out. Jimmy Graham set the record for yards by a TE last season and was promptly overtaken by Gronk.

Tom Brady is right behind Brees. I wonder if he'll eventually surpass him too.

This is one of those records that really has you say "Wow" when you think about. 48 games is 3 full seasons. Amazing

infantrycak
10-07-2012, 11:25 PM
This is one of those records that really has you say "Wow" when you think about. 48 games is 3 full seasons. Amazing

I'm a little surprised Peyton didn't break it. Peyton has averaged over two TD's per game for 13 consecutive years. I wonder what his longest streak was.

gtexan02
10-07-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm a little surprised Peyton didn't break it. Peyton has averaged over two TD's per game for 13 consecutive years. I wonder what his longest streak was.

Looked through his stats. He doesn't even 1 complete season with a TD in every game. The closest he came was in 2004. He was pulled in the last game after attempting 2 passes. He had 49 touchdowns that season but none in that last game

The longest streak i saw was from 98 to 99 he had 27

Pretty surprising to me also. Just goes to show you how impressive the record is. Looks like Peyton's coach also impacted his pursuit of the record by benching him

Kaiser Toro
10-08-2012, 01:31 AM
I was at the game, and my first Saints game. That place gets loud.

Double Barrel
10-08-2012, 11:26 AM
Congrats to Brees. He is the lone highlight for Saints fans in a season of suck.

I think it's pretty amazing to see Brees set some records that many thought untouchable. Very ironic that he sets the record against the team that discarded him, too.

Goldensilence
10-08-2012, 11:40 AM
Pretty incredible record. I'm curious to see how this plays out. Jimmy Graham set the record for yards by a TE last season and was promptly overtaken by Gronk.

Tom Brady is right behind Brees. I wonder if he'll eventually surpass him too.

This is one of those records that really has you say "Wow" when you think about. 48 games is 3 full seasons. Amazing

I think the announcers said Brady is currently at 36 or 37.

To me it made me really appreciate the history of this game and really what a special player Johnny U was considering the rules of the game during his time weren't as pass friendly as they are today.

I guess what made it all more impressive last night is he threw for 4 TDs and made clutch plays all night to get his team back into the win column. Afterwards he didn't just talk about what he put into setting it he talked a lot about those around him who really got him there. Really just a class act guy all the way around.

RazorOye
10-08-2012, 11:52 AM
meh.

I've heard this sentiment a fair bit, leading up to and since the breaking of the record. And I think it's lame. My Saints fandom aside, it's an amazing accomplishment.

Just a couple of years ago, it topped the NFL's Top 10 List of Records Least Likely to Ever be Broken.

And that list was made during the Current Era that's supposedly invalidating or asterisking the breaking of the record.

case in point:

I'm a little surprised Peyton didn't break it. Peyton has averaged over two TD's per game for 13 consecutive years. I wonder what his longest streak was.

Looked through his stats. He doesn't even 1 complete season with a TD in every game.

Pretty surprising to me also. Just goes to show you how impressive the record is.

Last night, after the game, Deion was going with the "meh" approach to the record. "Different era, different game" and Marshall Faulk simply said that in the last 50 years, who has broken it? Not Montana, not Fouts, not Marino, not Manning, not Brady (though that could change). 50 years of QB'ing.

I saw another point this morning - if there was nobody passing like Unitas back then, then to what extent were defenders and defenses capable of defending/scheming against it.

I'm not saying it's more impressive than Unitas's effort - because there's a whole lot of context and relativity that's involved.

But it's an amazing feat and one of the most impressive streak records across all professional sports.

a season of suck.

it's been rough

but Colston's effort last night - hobbled by the foot injury - was also a highlight. He was unstoppable. Just an amazing performance. A couple of really impressive receptions last night. In traffic. Fighting off defenders. One handed. Just another day at the office for Colston.

Broke a record himself - Joe Horn's for TD receptions.

And Brees to Horn TD is at 52. 3 behind Montana to Rice. Watching these guys play pitch and catch is amazing.

I think it's pretty amazing to see Brees set some records that many thought untouchable. Very ironic that he sets the record against the team that discarded him, too.

Rivers is a pretty good QB in his own right, but I'd take Brees any day.

There were several Rivers moments in the game last night, on the field and the sidelines. I just don't know that his demeanor is one I'd have confidence in.

On the field, I also think that Brees's elusiveness in the pocket (which is as good, if not better, than any in the NFL) really separates him from Rivers in a comparison.

anyway, glad to get the win. Glad for the record.

The high points have been, as you say, few and far between.

Gonna make Thanksgiving here today a bit more enjoyable. That and a bunch of these:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q1Q0kQDXWW4/TsR53EmxZiI/AAAAAAAACYU/PFabd2DRWXA/s1600/grand+river+brewing+highballer+pumpkin+ale.jpg

RazorOye
10-08-2012, 11:59 AM
re: Rivers's temperance on the sidelines

http://cdn.ksk.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/marmpunt.gif

NORV!!!!!!

Goldensilence
10-08-2012, 12:13 PM
re: Rivers's temperance on the sidelines

http://cdn.ksk.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/marmpunt.gif

NORV!!!!!!

How Norv is still a coach in this league is mind boggling.

TexanSam
10-08-2012, 12:25 PM
re: Rivers's temperance on the sidelines

http://cdn.ksk.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/marmpunt.gif

NORV!!!!!!

What is he saying? I can't figure it out. It looks like "Punt the ball" but not sure.

RazorOye
10-08-2012, 12:26 PM
You gotta punt this ball... Norv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(they tried a long field goal before halftime that they missed)

BattleRedToro
10-08-2012, 12:56 PM
I think the announcers said Brady is currently at 36 or 37.

To me it made me really appreciate the history of this game and really what a special player Johnny U was considering the rules of the game during his time weren't as pass friendly as they are today.

I guess what made it all more impressive last night is he threw for 4 TDs and made clutch plays all night to get his team back into the win column. Afterwards he didn't just talk about what he put into setting it he talked a lot about those around him who really got him there. Really just a class act guy all the way around.

I would have no problem if Drew Brees was inducted into the Hall of Fame, but despite topping this record he isn't in the same league with Johnny Unitas.

When Johnny Unitas set this record the season was only 12 games. Back then the NFL was brutal. The QB's of those days didn't wear skirts like they do today. You had to be tough. The same goes for the Receivers. They didn't have a 5 yard chuck rule and no one ever heard of a defenseless receiver. To put up the kind of numbers Johnny U did within the context of the rules at that time is truly remarkable.

Ryan
10-08-2012, 01:40 PM
Since Brees has gotten to New Orleans, he has thrown more pass attempts than anybody in the league and it's not even close. He's thrown nearly 600 more pass attempts than the person who is in 2nd place(Eli Manning). The record is fine and everything and there should not be an asterisk on it or anything, but i can't be thoroughly impressed by it.

Brees is no doubt in my mind a hall of famer, but this particular record does nothing for me.

robroy72
10-08-2012, 02:18 PM
Since Brees has gotten to New Orleans, he has thrown more pass attempts than anybody in the league and it's not even close. He's thrown nearly 600 more pass attempts than the person who is in 2nd place(Eli Manning). The record is fine and everything and there should not be an asterisk on it or anything, but i can't be thoroughly impressed by it.

Brees is no doubt in my mind a hall of famer, but this particular record does nothing for me.

Pretty much this ^^^ I think Brees is a great player, possibly the greatest QB playing today. But that record in the context of the modern era doesn't matter as much as it did in U's day.

Goldensilence
10-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Since Brees has gotten to New Orleans, he has thrown more pass attempts than anybody in the league and it's not even close. He's thrown nearly 600 more pass attempts than the person who is in 2nd place(Eli Manning). The record is fine and everything and there should not be an asterisk on it or anything, but i can't be thoroughly impressed by it.

Brees is no doubt in my mind a hall of famer, but this particular record does nothing for me.

I wonder if this is part of the same case for Johnny U as the number of attempts vs the rest of his contemporaries.

I don't think anyone should poo poo this record, but should appreciate both as a product of their times in the league.

RazorOye
10-08-2012, 04:36 PM
Pretty much this ^^^ I think Brees is a great player, possibly the greatest QB playing today. But that record in the context of the modern era doesn't matter as much as it did in U's day.

This thread has me wondering.... A couple of broadcasters have made the comparison to DiMaggio and his hitting streak. I don't think this record is as amazing, but let us say someone breaks it. What will people say comparatively then and now. Today, bat technology is better. Training is better. Hitting techniques are more advanced. More home runs are being hit these days. Etc.

It reminds me of the opening scene in Cobb, where all the sports writers are sitting around the table talking about athletes and generations and cannot agree on anything because of those relative differences.