Thursday, December 15, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Texans big story
We are no longer in the dark about who will be going where in the bowl season of collegiate football. And we are strictly elated that nine of the “bowling” teams will be from the SEC, with Southern Miss thrown in for good measure. Now we can turn our attention to the “big boys” and their scuffles for this important part of their season.
And lest we forget to recognize and pay homage to the newly-crowned Heisman selectee, we most certainly congratulate R.G. III (Robert Griffin III) and the Baylor Bears for spawning him. However, since he is the first Baylor Bear to ever be tapped, we can forgive the voters for not choosing Trent Richardson.
If you have been keeping up with the NFL, and I know you have, then you are aware that as of Sunday night at least three teams had clinched division titles. Of course, Green Bay is leading the pack and still undefeated. The 49ers stumbled on Sunday against lowly Arizona but nonetheless are still leaders of the NFC West.
The real story is being written by the Houston Texans, who clinched their first division title and have made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. For some of you youngsters who just may not be completely familiar, Houston had another team which was called the “Houston Oilers.” That team forsook Texas, moved to Tennessee and became the Titans. This is also the first time, if memory serves me well, that the Texans have won 10 games in a season.
I am not going to dwell on the fact that the Detroit Lions beat the Vikings or that the Packers really thrashed the Raiders (which I think everyone expected), instead I would like to point out the way the Denver Broncos are playing and the manner in which Tim Tebow’s star status is rising. Literally, he is the hottest ticket in town. Tebow memorabilia is flying off of the shelves. And his team is leading the AFC West. The Broncos were not really expected to defeat the Chicago Bears.
The other items worthy of mention would be the manner in which the Titans and Cowboys lost their games on Sunday. In each of these games a decision was made which (in my estimation) meant the difference between win or loss. I don’t know who made the decisions, but I easily blame the coaches. In the case of the Cowboys, if your team has a 12-point lead and the game is almost over, you can’t underestimate an Eli Manning. Did they learn nothing from the week before?
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