Thursday, November 22, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
This week things have really begun to heat up in the entire football world.
This week was supposed to be all about the collegiate bunch, but yours truly made a last minute switch when I realized that the Kansas City Chiefs (team of choice for the third consecutive year), were virtually locking horns with the Indianapolis Colts. More on that in a minute.
Did you all check out the haps in the collegiate world? Ohio State Buckeyes, rated number 7, kept their strangle hold on the Big Ten for a second straight season by beating long-time rival Michigan. The victory gave them the title for the second consecutive season, completing a feat which hasn’t been turned in 50 years. Michigan is a powerhouse, so don’t be surprised if this doesn’t shake up the old BCS candy bowl.
There were some shockers and some near shockers in the SEC. The biggest one was La.-Monroe taking the Tide to task in Tuscaloosa. Saban was rightfully chagrined after the 21-14 loss to the lowly WarHawks. La.-Monroe has never fared well in contests which pit them against the SEC’s best. But this was one for the record books. It is possible that the Tide was itching hard to run past La-Monroe and get to Auburn.
The other awesome “almost” was the Ole Miss Rebels knocking heads with the best in the SEC and nation (at this time). Games like these are hard to watch. When there is a vested interest, it is hard to watch and even more difficult not to watch.
Back to the NFL. As usual at this time of the season, especially if the Green Bay Packers are doing well, we can expect a call from Sister Diane Bauknecht (formerly the principal of Holy Family School on West Street). She has a lot to brag about at this juncture since Brett and the Pack are leading the NFC North at 8-1. Hate to be the joy killer, Sister Diane, but it isn’t going to last.
The Colts were coming off back-to-back losses and couldn’t have been more vulnerable. Peyton Manning, wounded by throwing a franchise record six picks last week. should have been easy prey. The Chiefs had Priest Holmes returning to the backfield almost completely healthy and making his first start in three seasons.
As Rodney Dangerfield used to say, “We Chiefs get no respect.” It was fun to watch until the last two minutes when the Colts went down, ran down the clock and let Adam Vinatieri kick his 20th game-winning field goal of his career. This denied the Chiefs to make .500 on the season. Like Rodney says, “We get no respect.”
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