All Star Games

January 30, 2009

SchedAll Star Gamesuling the NHL All Star game for the bye weekend before the Superbowl was clever. With football resting and basketball season still early in its second trimester, I took a moment for the struggling league of the “big four” sports: hockey. I didn’t watch the All Star game. I tuned in for the actual entertaining portion of the festivities: the skills competition.

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Grief

January 30, 2009

When your team is out, you just sit back and root against the team(s) you hate, and hope the games are entertaining. Luckily, Championship games (in any sport, really) are usually pretty good and competitive. Sunday provided two very interesting match ups: a battle of division rival top defenses and a battle of NFC teams that barely deserved to make the playoffs in the first place. Thankfully for me, the Eagles proved their inadequacy by losing to the Cardinals.

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Giant Loss

January 30, 2009

Giants-stadiumIf, at the beginning of the season, you had told me that without Umenyiora, Strahan, and losing Burress (for one game because of his inability to understand attendance policy and from November 30th and beyond because of his inability to understand a safety being something on a gun, not just a football field), the Giants would be the number one seed in the NFC, I would not have believed you. If, at the beginning of this week, you had told me that the Giants would contain Westbrook, prevent Eli from being sacked, pick off McNabb twice while his receivers dropped several passes and still lose the game to the Eagles, I would not have believed you.

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Eagles Win, Don’t Look Good

January 30, 2009

Momentum was not the ex-factor that allowed the Eagles to win their way to a date with the Giants. I’m not sure if writers and reporters actually watched the Eagles beat the Vikings on Sunday. If they did, why would one write “[McNabb] led the Eagles…with brilliant throws” when the Eagles settled for four field goals on offense, adding to their terrible red zone stats for the season? This does not seem to be the working of “brilliant” quarterbacking. After admitting to not understanding overtime and its possible outcome, McNabb should never be described with any adjective related to “smart.” Yes, this privilege is also lost for Plaxico Burress who should’ve shot himself in the nuts because that’s what he deserves.

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Momentum

January 30, 2009

It’s always about momentum. San Diego and Indianapolis are undisputedly the hottest teams going into the playoffs. Indy brings a 9-game winning streak with their probably MVP quarterback Older-Usually-Wiser Manning to San Diego where they will face a team that had written itself off as early as Week 2 after they lost one game in the last minute to Carolina and Denver was given the gift of officiating so bad we haven’t seen Ed Hochuli since.

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Travel Woes

January 30, 2009

After Eric Mangini proved he is no “man-genius” by going for it on 4th and 2 on the Jets own 20 yard line with over two minutes left, the Jets lost and became 0-4 against West Coast teams this season. This brought to surface a discussion heard several times this year. Sports writers, broadcasters, analysts and other miscellaneous journalists have questioned how coast-to-coast travel affects NFL teams. West coast teams have a terrible record against east coast teams this season, but that can be more obviously credited to the fact that the west coast teams are poor and they are playing away from home which is always a disadvantage.

The entire concept of travel making NFL teams “sluggish,” as one writer commented, makes absolutely zero sense to me. I mean, let me get this straight, the toughest professional players of an extremely physical sport can’t handle a five hour flight and a three hour time zone change? Outrageous!

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Jets vs. Giants

January 30, 2009

FootballWhile in Boston this weekend a friend of mine asked me how it was that some tri-state area people are Giants fans and others Jets fans. I broke the question down the best way I could by explaining that there were many factors: it matters if you went to any games growing up, who your parents were fans of, where you grew up, if you constantly show off how proud you are that you know how to spell a four-letter word, if you have manners, if you have a criminal record, or if you are a masochist.

The Giants do have four times as many hall of famers, have been around for 35 more seasons then the Jets and there are actually Giants fans in parts of New England.

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