Thursday, December 22, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Chiefs pull shocker over Packers
There were a few major developments in the NFL over the weekend and some of the standings in the run for the end-of-season playoffs were changed. However, before we get to that, how about something that is totally unrelated to the subject?
Last week the South Reporter cadre had its annual Christmas luncheon which is always an enjoyable and spirit-lifting affair. Anyway, during the luncheon, our distinguished (too strong a word?) editor and publisher, Barry Burleson, was presented a statuette of Al in a majestic Buddha-like pose. To observe Barry’s countenance, one would have to think that he had received a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LXVI. In view of the upcoming game on January 9 between LSU and Alabama, there was an irresistible urge to stroke Al’s opulent belly.
There were members of certain teams in the NFL who, like our editor/publisher, were indubitably pleased on Sunday. The first and foremost would have to be the Kansa City Chiefs, who stunned the ’Pack and denied their perfect season by slipping past them in a 19-14 win. Bear in mind that the Chiefs were operating under the leadership of an interim coach (Romeo Crennel) after the head coach had been thrown under the carousel a little over a week ago. We are all aware that in any given week any NFL team can beat another one, however, there are a lot of us who never thought it would be the Chiefs, right Sister Diane (Bauknecht)? Don’t worry, we don’t think the ’Pack is done, they just lost a game.
The other big story is that Indianapolis is no longer a winless franchise. The Colts are the last team to break out of the bleak winless cellar at 1-13. I’ll bet the Tennessee Titans didn’t see that one coming. It was announced before the game that Peyton Manning would not suit up for the Colts this season; however, that didn’t keep him from being on the sidelines in a cheerleader role. He was seen exhorting teammates as they entered and left the game.
The New England Patriots clinched the NFC East and stopped Tim Tebow at the same time. The Pats became the fourth team to clinch a division title. There are quite a few teams still seeking that magic number which will propel them into the playoff picture.
There are just a couple of regular season games left.
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