Thursday, January 9, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
Bowls and NFL playoffs
Football fans everywhere have to be still titillating over the entire past week and weekend.
Number one, no matter what your individual ilk is (or was), you had to find something within the college aisle to start the process. Those bowls began on December 21, but the SEC entries didn’t join the fracas until December 30 when Ole Miss stopped Georgia Tech (25-17). My interest in that game was solely motivated by loyalty to the ole alma mater. That outcome was never in doubt.
On Tuesday, the Bullies of MS State fairly “whupped” the feathers off of those Owls from Rice in the Liberty. The interest there was trying to solve the mystery of why they (Bullies) beat the Rebels in the Egg Bowl.
Georgia couldn’t handle Nebraska in the Gator Bowl but South Carolina (34-24) and LSU (21-14) avenged the first SEC loss with their victories in the Capital One and Outback Bowls, respectively, all on Wednesday of BCS week.
The South Reporter staff had to work on New Year’s Eve and a brief discussion was enjoined about the bowl games left on the slate. Barbara (Taylor) said she was having a hard time keeping up. Barry (Burleson, besides being an excellent editor and publisher) also is adroit at the double entendre. He stated that he didn’t care about the other games as long as his Tide won their BCS game. I remarked that he was stealing some of my thunder since I had planned to write that I was constantly checking the BCS schedule to see when the Tide would play down in New Orleans, La.
Of course, we all know now that the Sooners (Oklahoma) found a lackluster defense and a porous offense which allowed them to shock the Tide, and us, in the Sugar Bowl. Sure, we’ll get over it (in about a dozen years), however, I think A.J. had a great last game for the Tide.
Of 10 SEC entries in the bowl game field, only two losses were suffered. Naturally, I am including the win by Auburn on January 6 (this column was written before Monday night’s BCS national championship game). Let’s face it, the last eight championships have been won by SEC teams with five of those coming from the state of Alabama.
Now, by no means are we trying to imply that this week was all about the collegiate. It was also “Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL. On tap for Saturday were the Chiefs at the Colts and the Saints at the Eagles. If memory serves (and it has been taxed), this was the eighth playoff game the Chiefs have lost (no wonder I dropped them). The Eagles thought briefly that the Saints’ halo had slipped but they were wrong. On Sunday the Chargers road-blocked the Bengals (who had not lost at home), but the big story was edition two of the Ice Bowl.
I have a vivid recollection of Ice Bowl I, played at Lambeau Field in 1967 on New Year’s Eve. The latest one didn’t quite match the first one in temperature, but it was close. Ice Bowl I was a championship game in which the Packers defeated America’s team (the Dallas Cowboys) 21-17.
I was in North Dakota and my basement was the site of the Super Bowl II party. About a dozen fans had feasted on ribs, Cornish hens and my wife’s signature spaghetti, plus a copious amount of Kool-Aid. After the game and before the participants dispersed to go to New Year’s Eve parties, some genius (probably hyped on kool-aid) offered the idea that we have a “Snow bowl flag football game” the following Saturday.
For whatever idiotic reason, it did happen in about two feet of snow with a sub-zero temperature. I’ll spare you the details, but a game which had been planned for two 15-minute halves only lasted one.
I had asked my wife (Cornelia) if she had planned to come and watch and she gave me a look which would have shredded a saguaro cactus and said, “Oh yeah, I plan to sell lemonade.”
It appears that so far no coaches were harmed as a result of the Wild Cards and the Saints (winning their first road playoff game ever), plus 49ers, Colts and Chargers move on.
Are Peyton Manning and the Broncs still viable for a SB crown this season? I vote yea.
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