Thursday, January 13, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Well, if you like surprises, then this past weekend was all about and for you.
But before we get to all of that, we need to recognize the fact that the Razorbacks sort of let the SEC effort down (sorry, Arkansas fans). I just thought it was understood that the intent was to completely demolish the Big Ten this season. There was a time near the end when it looked as though Ryan Mallett and crew were going to take care of the charge. However, the Buckeyes, the winningest team in the NCAA historically, held on for the win. It can’t be all bad since there have been only four losses, thus far, from the entering field of ten from the SEC.
Back to the surprise weekend. Since yours truly is so elated with the marvelous blanket of white which covered our venue this past two days (or nights), there is just one thing wrong with it – it was a couple of weeks too late. It missed Christmas. Anyway, I doubt if the school age population really minds.
And what about that surprising “Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL? It was kicked off on Saturday with the Jets going against the Colts and the Saints versus the Seattle Seahawks. The head coach of the Jets had remarked at a press conference earlier in the week that somewhere, somehow he was destined to beat Peyton Manning and the Colts. Many of you remember that last season these two gave the NFL world a wagon load of excitement when they played for the AFC title (which the Colts won).
It came at the appropriate time. Ryan and the Jets finally did it; albeit they needed a little “shoot-yourself-in-the-foot” help from Indianapolis and a good place kicker. He nailed a 32-yarder as time expired for a one-point margin of victory.
The real surprise was at the expense of the Saints’ fans. It is a chilling thought that, just maybe, the only team to ever make the playoffs with a losing record, after winning a division with a losing record could possibly end up with a winning record and go to Super Bowl XLV.
First year Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said over and over that the sole intent was to get to the playoffs. His preaching became prophetic when his 7-9 ’Hawks slammed the defending champs in the Emerald City. Hey, I am not mad at the Seahawks. To paraphrase my favorite president (JFK), of course, I could never bet on them to win the Super Bowl, but…
After those two games on Saturday, naturally I had a foreboding of doom and, bless their cleated soles, the Kansas City Chiefs turned it to gloom when they let the Ravens manhandle them.
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