Paulie Pigskin's Sideline Report: Cards win in St. Louis
"That was something they told us, our coaches are challenging us," said Beanie Wells during our postgame radio interview. "We gotta go out and respond. It's already bad enough that we get challenged from the outside. Now, when our coaches have to challenge us, we got to take that to heart and play well."
After the game, I found it fitting that Beanie posed for a snapshot with Steven Jackson. From where I was standing, the only thing missing was a baton with the inscription - "Most Feared RB in NFC West."
Mr. Game Changer: Since the Cards own the dome (7 straight wins in STL), it's easy to hear all the ambient noise in the stadium (ie, crickets). Naturally, you couldn't miss the sideline shouting the nickname "Game Changer" at Patrick Peterson after his splendicular punt return for touchdown. (The only bad news? The grim reality that my given moniker of Patrick "Just Gimme 5 Yards" Peterson just ain't getting much traction right now - dang!)
P-Twice Double Take: So, what did Patrick Peterson say about an hour before kickoff that had the Rams punter and kicker shaking their heads? Well, since the broadcast crew was watching from the booth, we presumed that the rookie was jokingly begging the Rams to kick him the ball. No. In fact, just the opposite, as Peterson revealed during our postgame radio interview: "I just told him - ‘don't kick it to me.' He said, ‘we don't know what's going to happen, you just wait until the game comes.' I said, ‘okay'… and that's when they started shaking their head." Bottom line: the Rams can't say that Peterson didn't give 'em fair warning, right?
P-Twice Thrice: Let's talk about the play that Patrick Peterson did NOT make. As an NFL head coach, that's the job of Ken Whisenhunt who, after heaping ample praise on Mr. Game Changer, noted the following during our postgame radio chat:
Coach W: Listen, I'm not going to doubt anything he does right now, I just wish he'd held onto the ball on the Wildcat play, cuz he might've scored on that one.
Paulie Pencilneck: That was open, that was there?
Coach W: It was huge, it was huge. But, we'll keep working with it and maybe we'll get him to hold onto one of those.
P-Twice P.S.: Finally, when I asked Peterson whether he was aware that he's one punt return TD away from breaking the NFL record for a single season, he instantly responded: "I'm going for six. Yes, sir." #Ding.
"Acho Grande": You know who are the truly smart people in this world? Those folks who are smart enough to know that they don't know it all, right?! May we present Sam Acho, who I'm always watching on the sideline talking the earhole off super-veterans like Vonnie Holliday and Clark Haggans. Not a series goes by where Acho isn't soliciting advice and suggestions.
"(Holliday) knows so much, so I always go to him for advice. He's actually one of the guys that really helps me a lot on my pass rush and how to get better." Acho said. And look at Clark Haggans, he's another guy who's played in the league a long time and done a great job."
Pasch Factor: Finally, it's worth noting that the biggest shot of the game came before the game. No, we're not talking about some cheap shot taken during warm-ups. We're talking about an actual shot with a needle. A pain- killing shot taken by Cards play-by-play man Dave Pasch after he wrenched his neck playing a physical game of wiffle ball with his kids. [Note: Yes, Dave, you're getting old(er). Or you're swinging from the heels like Mark Reynolds?!]
After the game, it sounded like Pasch was in full denial. "I did it purely for Wolf's enjoyment, since he's been out of the shot-taking business for almost two decades," Pasch said.
Much to my horror, Cards' color analyst Ron Wolfley showed Paulie Pain Medication an action photo of Pasch taking one for the broadcast. Uh, let's just say that we can confirm that Dave wears boxers, not briefs. In other words, we're not going to post a photo with this story.
"Legendary," said Wolfley. "The guy took a shot to do a broadcast," before Wolf added that "I told him to be a man and get down there and get a shot."