Blah, another late posting by me. Oh well, here goes.
1) Premature Prediticion - Well, thanks to my Bucs being offensively inept against a team with a decimated secondary (and Jeff Garcia cost us a second game in which he missed a wide open Joey Galloway on the last play of the game), Dallas now has hope. Of course, Brad Johnson is on a short leash, with his backup being Brooks Bollinger. Brooks Bollinger? And you seriously can't maintain your depth chart spot in front of him. Cowboy fans better hope Romo gets well soon.
2) Nittany Lionhearted - What a huge win going into Colombus and winning there for the first time in 30 years. PSU will still need Texas or Alabama to lose (which could easily happen given their schedules AND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, cough, cough), but they look set up well to take a run at making it to Miami. I would love to see Joe Pa there (although I'd much rather see a Big 12 versus SEC matchup), and hopefully he can put up a better show than tOSU has the last two years.
3) The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party - A lot is being of last year's stomp after Georgia's first offensive TD. Honestly as a Gator fan, I don't see what the big deal is. It should have served to fire the Gators up as much as it did Georgia. Plus, if you need something like that to motivate you after losing 15 of 17, well then, more power to you (that's right Bulldog fans, win this week, and you'll have an awesome 25% winning percentage the last TWO DECADES. Lose, and it's an even more impressive 20%). Should be another classic game.
4) Gameday in Lubbock - ESPN's College Gameday makes it's first EVER trip to Lubbock, Texas this week. It will be fun to see if Texas can slow down Harrell and Crabtree. More interesting will be what Tech's defense does against Texas. The Cowboys were able to slow them last week, and Tech held Reesing and the Jayhawks offense to 14 points. That's a job well done. Then again, Texas held Missouri completely in check for a half. Should be one heck of a prime time game. This is the kind of college football I live for.
5) Remember the Titans - Wow, this is starting to reach levels of the Patriots. No, not in terms of the offense or going 16-0 or any of that. I mean as far as locking up their division. For all intents and purposes, it's over already, and it's Week FREAKIN' 8. Wonder how Vince Young feels watching Kerry Collins lead this team.
6) NBA "I love this game" - Well, no, not really. I owned up as much on my first post. I honestly do not pay much attention to the NBA until playoff time. I think it's inferior compared to the college game. Even so, the season gets (got) underway on Tuesday. With the closest team to me being the Magic, I hope they do well. They should easily dispatch of their division, and hopefully can make a run in the playoffs.
7) Coming Attractions - Besides the college games I laid out, the NFL games I'm looking forward to are the Titans Packers, Giants Cowboys, and the Sunday night game which is an absolute must win for the Colts. People thought (correctly) that this might be the year the Colts come back to earth, but my how far and how fast. And so much for passing the torch to the Jaguars, who might be the WORST team in that division. Next week I'll have my official NFL Playoff predictions.
8) Early Observations on the ice - Maybe I was too quick to get down on my Lightning. Three of their early losses are against teams who right now look to be the best of the NHL, two regulation losses to the Rangers (which were both 2-1) and a shootout loss to Minnesota in which they failed to register a goal. Like I said, though, this might not be that bad.
9) Bad officiating calls of the week - Did anyone see the play in the Michigan Michigan State game (of course you did, it's been replayed a zillion times)? Have to give Big Ten commissioner Delaney credit for coming down hard on the replay guy, but how did he have his job in the first place. First, aren't there TWO guys in the booth. How did they both blow it so horribly? Secondly, even if you think the pylon is inbounds/inplay/whatever the heck those guys thought, shouldn't they know to pretend it wasn't there? It would have been bad enough if just a part of his foot came down out of bounds, but his whole FREAKIN' foot was out of bounds. How did they think that touching the pylon, even if it is considered inbounds overrule the fact that his body was out of bounds. That should have been an easy call, and they blew it, big time. Not nearly as bad, but bad none the less was the call in the Atlanta Philadelphia game. The call was less obvious, but the Falcons got screwed by the NFL replay rules. The NFL needs to do one of the following to remedy this next year. They need to either
A) Bring back the idea that if you have a challenge, but not a time out, you can use the challenge at the cost of a delay of game or even an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I know this has been kicked around, but for some reason not implemented.
B) Why does replay go to the booth at the 2 minute warning in the fourth quarter? Fourth quarter timing rules kick in at the 5 minute mark, replay should go to the booth at the same time. Or
C) Just use the college replay system. The college replay system works (or at least would work in the NFL where you have better officials than in the Michigan Michigan State game or the Oregon Oklahoma game a couple years ago). It does not extend college games ridiculously long, so why does the NFL think this will be the case?
10) The baseball weather service - Exactly what hack meterologist did Bud Selig contact in trying to play game 5 on Monday? Everything I hear is that everybody knew it was going to rain. It was extremely unfair to both teams and the fans of Philadelphia. They derserved better than that.
As a final note, congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies. You were clearly the better team and your series win was well earned. More on this next week.