Thursday, January 21, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Predicting the Colts
I remarked to Barry (Burleson, publisher of The South Reporter) while we were attending the basketball game between H.W. Byers and Potts Camp last Thursday evening that I was already lamenting the end of the current football season.
In actuality, the season is not really over until after the Super Bowl February 7. Technically, it is done for all those who pin all their expectations and aspirations on the BCS series. For others, it ends when their favorite team in the NFL fails to make the playoffs.
And if your team is the Kansas City Chiefs, your season never really begins (I did observe that all the games which the Chiefs lost, the officiating was lousy! Hee, hee.), but I digress.
Wildcard weekend came and went. Some bright flames were extinguished and some lesser lamps burned brighter. Of course, the stalwarts were expected to continue even with some regular season closing setbacks that disappointed loads of fans, the least of which was not the Colts and Saints. The latter lost three consecutive games prior to the wildcard and the former let chances for a perfect season fritter away. No one wanted to see the Colts abandon their chance for a run at the Dolphins’ historical unblemished season. Maybe it was the proper choice for the Colts’ “think tank” but some of the team members wanted that distinction.
The New Orleans Saints acquitted themselves quite well in their game on Saturday when they fairly demolished the Arizona Cardinals, the defending NFC champions. The 45-14 “whupping” put the halo boys in a position never achieved before – hosting a conference championship game. Once before in their history, have they reached the championship round; this time it looks real.
America’s team (the Dallas Cowboys) gave their substantial fan base a true gleam of hope when they violated the Philly Eagles two games in a row. However, their lamp of redemption was snuffed out by Brett Favre (you know, the quarterback who no one wanted), and the Minnesota Vikings. Not even Jerry Jones stalking the sidelines could influence the outcome. This owner was not a happy camper.
Indianapolis earned another shot at the AFC title on the unprecedented fourth MVP arm of Peyton Manning. The Ravens could not get past a single field goal (I won’t call any names since you are new to the shires, but what happened to your Baltimore Ravens?). Peyton and company face the Jets next Sunday.
There are those among us who feel that the winner of the NFC will also win SB LXIV. My prediction is that the winner of that game will fall prey to Manning and the Colts.
I admit a certain degree of ambivalence here. Given the collective histories of both the Saints and the Vikings, each deserves a shot at the title.
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