Thursday, January 20, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Can you spot your favorite?
Some wise person once said that, “A person is only truly great if history keeps testifying to that greatness.” Like many others, that is a true assessment of what Martin Luther King Jr.’s place in history means to our nation. His holiday is the only one dedicated to a person who was not a president of the United States of America.
This past weekend saw a lot of interest in the teams in the NFL looking for their place in the history of the sports world. The hoopla had finally faded from the Monday night BCS championship which pitted a bunch of Tigers against a bunch of Ducks. Of course, the only question remains is whether or not their Heisman quarterback will enter the NFL draft. Many of you have told me that that is a “no-brainer.”
What about the big boys in the NFL? I know that most of you would be anxious to know who would be lucky enough to make it to the conference playoffs. We all know what happened during “Wildcard Weekend.” In the first stage of the divisional tilts, there were more surprises and a couple of axes got ground. On Saturday, Pittsburgh stopped the Baltimore Ravens’ attempt to advance with a 31-24 victory. The ’Pack told the world they were on the way back, again, by stopping the high-flying Falcons 48-21. This win set a lot of Atlanta fans back at least a season. Some had very high hopes for the Falcons.
On Sunday, the final divisional races were settled when the Bears kept the Seahawks to an under .500 season. The Chicago Bears just might have saved their coach’s job. The Seahawks were a sixth seed and Chicago a number two. The real surprise was with the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. Rex Ryan, head coach of the Jets, had again made this one personal in his press conferences during the week. He made it clear that it was all about beating Bill Belichik. Remember, he said the same thing about Peyton Manning. If he keeps delivering, he just might put the Jets in their second title shot ever.
The NFL commissioner, perhaps sensing the possibility of carnage, issued a warning to teams that the regulating officials would not be taking any wooden nickels. He stated that players getting out of hand would be summarily ejected. Well, on Saturday yours truly saw some pretty vicious carryings-on, however, I can’t remember seeing any ejections.
Can you spot your favorite among those left standing? Chicago, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. All have Super Bowls to their credit.
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