Thursday, October 31, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
A few oddities from weekend
You can stop me if you have heard this one before. A trio of football fans are sitting around their favorite watering hole on a Wednesday evening, which was unusual for them because they usually always visited on Monday, discussing football (what else?), and the SEC specifically (what else?). The bartender was going about his usual chores when a pony sauntered in, took a seat, crossed his hooves and asked for a double dry martini. The bartender mixed it and handed it to him. The pony gulped it down and galloped out. The astounded trio had sat there, nonplussed, with their mouths open.
One finally spoke, “Mr. Bartender, don’t you find that rather odd?”
The bartender started to shake his head negatively, but then mused for a second and said, “You know, you are right. That is odd. He usually orders a whiskey sour.”
So if you were watching the weekend games you probably saw a few oddities, also. One was the Oregon Ducks bumping the Florida State Seminoles from the number two BCS rank when both won by hefty scores. Another came when the Mizzou Tigers were displaced by the South Carolina spoilers who had been shocked a week before by the Vols of Tennessee.
There were other occurrences which turned the BCS race into one of percentages. Now the entire collegiate world is hungering for a Crimson Tide and Ducks match-up in the BCS future. It is not as simple as all that. A lot of other things would have to take place first. I don’t see much of a problem. Ducks move too slowly to avoid the path of a bunch of stampeding elephants.
In the next level (the NFL), I was not really ready for the Redskins to face the Broncos. Denver was still licking the wounds from the defeat of Manning by his former friends and teammates and RG III was still in a mild rehab condition. However, it didn’t look so bad when the ’Skins took the 21-7 lead. But they got stuck on 21 and the Broncos bucked their way to a 45-21 win. This makes the AFC West the strongest division in the NFL – the K.C. Chiefs at 8-0 and the Broncos at 7-1. There is one blight in the AFC, the winless Jaguars in the South at 0-8.
And what about the meltdown by Dez Bryant when his team lost in the last minute to the Detroit Lions after Dallas was fooled by a QB ploy? Lions’ Matt Stafford had indicated that he was going to spike the ball, but instead leaped high over his line to break the plane with the pigskin, giving the Lions the 31-30 victory. Bryant’s teammates say that they didn’t think they had been “brow beaten” by Bryant, calling it “dedicated player passion.”
Before leaving you with all these happenings, a rookie broke the all-time return record. A Vikings return man eclipsed the old record of 108 yards with one of 109 in their game with arch rival Green Bay.
Denver will get a week off and then get ready for their meet with the Chiefs on November 17 at Mile High. If you plan to jet up to Mile High, better hurry. There are only 953 tickets left at $189 each.
Sure wish I had kept my stock in the Chiefs.
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