1) Kissing your sister - God what an awful game. In a game that set the NFL back at least 25 years, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a FIFTY FREAKIN' SEVEN yard field goal (that would have been good from at least 63) with 2:30 left in OT to beat the Jets. Anybody paying attention to that game should have been hoping for that game to end in a tie (which would have been the first since I believe the Steelers and Falcons tied a game back in 2002 ). What a horrible display of football. And when are coaches going to learn to stop calling a TO the millisecond before the ball is snapped to ice the kicker? You want to do it? Call it right after they get set, not right before they hike it. All it does is give the kicker a free practice swing at it. Unfortunately, both the Raiders and Cardinals won a game that that boneheaded move should have cost them.
2) West Coast Love - Yes, I truly believe that for the most part, there is an east coast media bias. Why? Because most of your largest cities are east of the Mississippi (duh). So what on earth is everybody's fascination with USC? Why are they fifth in the first BCS poll? They play in THE WORST conference (yes, worse than the ACC and Big East. Even the Mountain West has more teams in the top 25) and have THE WORST loss of ANY of the one loss teams. I shouldn't have to worry about them playing in any game other than the Rose Bowl, and yet I have to because the pollsters are freakin' idiots. Why are they not being punished for their schedule that was put together by silkworms and NEVER being in a game they were like a billion point favorites? Again, and being a Gator fan, I HATE tOSU, but I would a million times MORE rather see them in the BCS championship game than the Trojans, especially if they beat Penn State this week. Speaking of Penn State, I have yet to mention them on my blog, and to their fans who might read it, I apologize. I cannot begin to say enough about the job that they and Joe Pa have been doing. This appears to be their last obstacle, and that the winner of this game will go on to win the Big Ten. Good luck to you all. Anyway, back to the University of Southern Chokeifornia, you pull this yearly choke job, and I for one am sick and tired of it. As much as I HATE Notre Dame (which is more than I hate tOSU, by the way), I will be the world's BIGGEST Domer Homer the week they play you, and if there is a god, they will win that game.
3) Dallas' implosion is on - How 'bout them Cowboys. I especially chuckled when people were saying that they didn't miss Romo when they took their first drive of the game for a TD. How did the rest of the game work out? Their secondary is a wreck (and now they've lost the Roy Williams that matters for the season), and their offense looks lost. I'm hoping my Buccaneers pile on to their misery this week.
4) Another firing - Mike Nolan was the latest coach to get the axe. What amazes me is that, while I don't hate this move, the amount of misdirected hate coming from Niner fans toward Nolan and their unreasonable expectations. I heard many of them say that he underachieved with their talent. Talent? What talent? Beyond Patrick Willis, exactly what talent has he been "underachieving" with? He has no QB (through partial fault of his own due to Alex Smith being a bust). Niner fans, vent your angst where it belongs, and just like your friends across the bay, you need to be looking at your owner, Dr. York. He is BY FAR one of the worst owners in the league. I know, you can't fire the owner, but you need to be wishing you could. I do wish Mike Singletary the best of luck.
5) Weekend look ahead - Other than the World Series, the games I'm looking forward to are the aforementioned Penn State-Ohio State, Georgia-LSU and Texas-Oklahoma State in college, and the Steelers-Giants and of course the Cowboys-Buccaneers in the NFL.
6) Tebow to McCoy ... Heisman - Earlier, Tim Tebow was asked who he was voting for for the Heisman trophy, as being a former winner he gets a vote. He rightfully pointed to Colt McCoy of the Longhorns. An EIGHTY ONE completeion percentage? Are you kidding me? I mean, yes, he doesn't play SEC defenses every week, but still, that's phenominal. What he and the Longhorns have accomplished so far is beyond words, absolutely DESTROYING the Missouri Tigers. And Chase, you can go ahead and unpack that bag, because you won't be going to New York. The Longhorns continue their brutal schedule this week against a very good Oklahoma State Cowboys team.
7) Yurgh!!! - The horrible start for my Bolts continues (talking NHL Charger fans). Not scoring a single goal in a game, not even in the SHOOTOUT portion. Inexcusible. They need to get it turned around, and quick. Update: Yea! They finally won one. Now they just need to string about 10 more in a row, and then go about .600 the rest of the way.
8) An interesting theory - Well, the rest of these will be baseball takes. I heard a theory today that Vegas made the Rays -135/+115 favorites to try to recoup impending losses on Rays early season bets at 100:1 in case they win. Two problems with this. Even at 100:1, they only need 100 bets on TWENTY NINE other teams, including two from Chicago, two from New York, two from LA, Boston, Philadelphia, and a Detriot team that was supposed to do better than what it did. I can't imagine there were THAT many Rays bets to not have it covered. Secondly, even if that is true, it still makes no sense. As anybody who does any sports betting will tell you, Vegas wants equal action on both sides. If they PURPOSEFULLY set the line to get all the money on one side, and then the Phillies WIN (which is very possible), now you're paying out all these +115 bets, plus whatever bets you had on the Phillies to win it all at the start of the season (let's say it was 10:1). Now Vegas IS losing money. They are not in this to LOSE money.
9) Another interesting theory - Yes, this isn't the LA-Boston series that everybody wanted, but why does everyone think that nobody will watch this series. First, they were the two best teams, period. Secondly, both cities are very passionate and will watch. Which brings me to the fact that Philadelphia is the FOURTH largest market, and Tampa/St. Pete the THIRTEENTH. Those aren't bad numbers. Plus, yes, Boston was involved, but game 7 was the highest rated baseball game on cable EVER. That's EVER. And maybe some of the people watching that game outside of Boston/Tampa/St. Pete will want to continue to watch this fascinating team. I'll tell you one thing, this series will feature a lot of speed. The Rays were first in stolen bases, the Phillies were fourth. Could put a lot of pressure on the batteries. Both teams can mix in the long ball, too.
10) World Series predicition - Well, so far I'm batting exactly .500. So this one will decide if I'm successful or not. The Phillies will win any game that they can get to Madsen and Lidge with the lead in the 8th and 9th. Clearly this is where the Phillies have their advantage. The problem will be getting it there, because I believe the Rays have the advantage everywhere else. Their biggest advantage might come in starting pitching. Cole Hamels is lights out, but the rest, eh. Plus I think the Rays have SLIGHT advantages in speed, hitting, power, and defense. All this will amount to Rays in Six. I heard that this has the softest odds in Vegas of all the possible combinations, so I'm going with it.