Thursday, January 5, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
(Editor’s Note – This column was written Saturday, Dec. 31, to meet early newspaper deadlines due to the New Year’s holiday.)
We are already into the final week of the regular season in the NFL and there is still a scramble for the cream to rise to the top. As of December 28, there were still three division titles up for grabs and one wildcard spot. All the teams with the best records had already firmly ensconced themselves in the most envious positions.
The Green Bay Packers were still the best with the best record of 14-1. Right now, they have the home field advantage. The three teams closest to them, all with identical marks of 12-3, are the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49’ers and New Orleans Saints. The Saints had wrapped up the NFC South Monday night of last week with a win over the Falcons.
The teams with nail-biting experiences this week (January 1) and in the hunt for those last three titles and the one wildcard slot are the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4), Detroit Lions (10-5), Cincinnati (9-6) and Atlanta Falcons (9-6). America’s team is facing a “do or die.” The Cowboys must win – no ifs, ands or buts. A loss or tie will not save them.
And that brings us to the game to watch New Year’s Day at high noon. The Cowboys take on the New York Giants in New York. The Giants have been getting the max out of their quarterback lately. Saturday, Dec. 24, Eli Manning orchestrated the 29-14 win over the New York Jets for the unofficial title of “Best NFL team in New York.” Rex Ryan, who had been bragging all week about the Jets’ superiority, had to offer a humble, “Clearly they are the best team, this week.” Is that class or what?
Now all of you fans know that the NFL season can’t end without at least one T.O. story. While the teams are running to see who is best, T.O. is still trying to find a team to run with. The latest report is that he is close to accepting an offer from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor League. Reportedly, he was offered $500,000 and a share of the team to join. Remember Terrell turned down an invitation from the Chicago Rush. Apparently the Wranglers’ hierarchy feels that the Owens moniker would fill the arena.
And on a humorous note in the NFL, Wes Welker of the Patriots was fined $10,000 for wearing an unauthorized hat at a press conference. At least one of his teammates (Chad Ochocinco, who just recently changed his last name legally to “Ochocinco), came to his defense. It is rumored that Chad owns stock in the company which produces the chapeau which Welker was sporting.
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