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Playoffs, Round Two

Four more playoff games this weekend.

Of course, the Jets game is the one that concerns me most. Gang Green goes up against the Chargers this week, a very tough assignment. It should be a classic confrontation of offense against defense. San Diego will be heavily favored... but hey, the Jets have prevailed as a heavy underdog before... most recently, the last time they went to San Diego for a playoff game. Here's hoping Rex and boys can do it again, and knock off the mighty Bolts, Philip Rivers, and that running back who stole LT's nickname.

In the other AFC game, Colts versus Ravens would normally be a tough call for me. Once upon a time, I used to love the Baltimore Colts and their great QB, Johnny Unitas, still the best ever to play the game. Deserting Baltimore for Indy was a crime, however, and killed whatever lingering affection I had for the organization. Still dislike the Irsays, I must admit, but in recent years I've come round again. It's hard not to cheer for Eli's Big Brother, and I admired Tony Dungy too; a much classier coach than his archrival, Evil Little Bill. (Of course, Dungy is gone this year). Against all that, we have the Ravens. Great D, and I like great D. But I don't like Ray Lewis, for reasons I've stated in earlier posts. I also like ravens (see my books) and Edgar Allen Poe. All of which would have left me on the fence for this one. The deciding factor? The way the Colts laid down those last two games. Yes, it helped my Jets, but I still think it stinks. You play to win the game... or should. So I'm hoping that the football gods will punish the Horseshoe Heads for that, and let the Ravens smack them down.

And if the Jets and Ravens should both win... hey, the AFC championship would be played in Giants Stadium. One last hurrah for the old gal. That would be swell too.

Over in the NFC, I'm rooting for the Saints over the Cardinals. I mean, no brainer, how can you root against the Saints? New Orleans is a great city, and deserves something great after the last few years. I love New Orleans. Arizona, not so much. Besides, the Pottsville Maroons still must be avenged.

And of course I'll be pulling for the Vikings over the Cowboys. The Vikes have played in four SuperBowls and lost all of them, so they're overdue (though not as due as the Saints or the Jets). And I like Brett, who was once a Jet, however briefly. Besides, the other team is the Cowboys. Jerry Jones, George W. Bush, arrogance and evil. Down they go! Die, Cowboys, die!



Jan. 16th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Go Colts!

I don't quite understand why everyone is getting on the colts case for their last two games. I think they were still trying to win, just with their second string guys. If one or more of their all-stars were to be injured in a game that means nothing to them just weeks before games that mean everything, that would just plain suck. Furthermore, I think it is a great opportunity to start building the on-field chemistry of the 2nd string guys, just in case something were to happen early in a playoff game where one might need to come in. It gives the whole team a bit more of an edge in my opinion. That being said, the last few years when the colts laid low before the playoffs, had a week off etc. it hasn't played out well for them as you could argue they are a bit cold.

I would love to see the Jets topple the chargers. Sure it is great that Rivers is passionate, but his war of words with the crowds is enough to think he is a mutton head.

Other then that, it is driving me crazy that the Cowboys get what seems like a bit of a walk to the championship. The vikings have been struggling with who calls the plays, coach or favre and I don't think they have the gremlins out. Boo Cowboys

Here is to a great weekend of football!
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
I agree with you. You play to win the game, sure, but not when there's nothing to gain and everything to lose. That game with the Jets was essentially an exhibition. All of this stuff with people getting all pious now is ridiculous. What if Manning blew out his knee in the fourth quarter? What then? Would winning a meaningless game in week 16 have been worth that? No, of course not.
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
What if Manning blew out his knee in practice? Better not risk that either. Just put him in an enormous cotton ball until the playoffs starts, why don't ypou?
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, in practice you can pretty much guarantee the opposing D isn't out to kill you.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
If he wins 12 games in a row securing the top seed in the conference, bring on the Cotton baby! Just keep him away from Jessica Simpson :P

In all seriousness though, IMHO this is no different from teams that don't play their starting line fully through the preseason, or players that play less then 100% in the pro bowl. They are games that don't mean anything and have the potential of ending careers permanently, including the coach.

In a perfect world, we would have epic football battles every game, only NY football teams would have one sided games, Dance would have been done years ago, and W Bush would be working the fry oven at Rotten Ronnies where he belongs.
Jan. 16th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
It's not the same thing. Practice is necessary. Winning in week 16 when you've already locked up home-field advantage in the playoffs isn't. And even then, I'm sure they have a strict "Don't Touch The Manning" rule in practice, don't you think?

I just don't see how winning a meaningless game is worth risking your starters to injury. If winning that game on that day was all that mattered, why not just leave all the starters in during the preseason?
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I ordinarily am all in favor of resting your starters in meaningless games to avoid injury. However, in this case, the results of those games affected the playoff picture: handing the game to the Jets essentially handed them a spot in the playoffs while other teams were still in contention. I don't think the Colts should have taken it upon themselves to decide that.
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
That makes no sense at all. You're saying that it's not right for them to rest starters, thus giving the Jets an easier road into the playoffs, but it's perfectly OK to keep their starters in and, by doing so, make it easier for the Steelers and Texans to get in?

Whichever decision the Colts made would have had a potentially-negative impact on several teams. That's life.


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