We’ve now gotten past Christmas and are still a few days away from 2016, but we still have some sports to talk about:
NFL. Don’t look know, but there’s actually some good drama building up into the final week of the season.
- In what might have been the last game at the Coliseum, Oakland beat San Diego in OT, but rather than talk about a game, we had to listen to non-stop worship of Charles Woodson. Don’t get me wrong, he was a solid player, but come on folks, I think NFL Network was straddling the line of hysteria over this, particularly one Rich Eisen. Football is a TEAM sport and it’s time we got back to treating it as such.
- Meanwhile, who had the Washington Redskins winning the NFC East? Anybody who said they did, I would question. And by the way, whoever draws them on Wild Card Weekend may be in some trouble.
- Carolina, Green Bay, and Seattle all losing and with Minnesota and Arizona winning has thrown the January NFC matchups into a tizzy, but all of a sudden it sure makes Week 17 a lot more interesting.
- Sully reminded me that it took the Jets overtime to beat an injury plagued New England.
- That being said, Damn Pittsburgh, what was that? A whole lotta playoff teams in the AFC breathed a huge sigh of relief after Baltimore got that win. After all, they’d rather have to worry about a less flashy New York Props team than that all-world offense in Pittsburgh, right?
- Speaking of the Jets, it’s now down to Rex Ryan potentially keeping them out of the playoffs? How rich is that?
- Still nothing being said about Kansas City?
NFL Leadership. Over in Philly, we have a Left Tackle named Jason Peters who pulled himself out of the Eagles/Redskins game reportedly with the comment “I’m not going to get hurt for this.” Cut this son of a bitch – he quit on his teammates and you sure don’t need a “player” like this.
Meadowlark Lemon. I don’t know about you guys, but it was always fun to watch the Harlem Globetrotters as a kid, particularly with Mr. Lemon. It is said that he died over the weekend, and I’m truly sad. That is a real loss.
NBA. Five games on Christmas Day and Night and we’re treated to such matchups as Clippers/Lakers? And then you bring in New Orleans and a struggling Chicago? You gotta be shitting me, you want to bring people in to start watching your product and you put this clown show on?
- Meanwhile, we here in the Kingdom are worried about playoff seeding and whether or not Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins are gonna get All-Star spots? I’ll give you that Rondo has been playing out of his mind, WAY surpassing any realistic pre-season expectations, but the Kings are five games below .500, Cousins is at best playing with an injury and firing threes.
Down in Golden State, the media seems to be doing their damndest to drag Steph Curry into some type of drama. I simply don’t get it. If it’s not Curry saying that he’s the best player in the league after he was asked that, it’s these comments from former coach Mark Jackson:
“Steph Curry’s great. Steph Curry’s the MVP. He’s a champion. Understand what I’m saying when I say this. He’s hurting the game. And what I mean by that is that I go into these high school gyms, I watch these kids, and the first thing they do is they run to the 3-point line. You are not Steph Curry. Work on the other aspects of the game. People thing he’s just a knock-down shooter.”
Jackson is right, too many kids (and many NBA players) just sit at the three point line and sacrifice so much of their potential. So where’s the controversy? Oh, that’s right, it’s a bunch of people trying to make something out of nothing.
Aroldis Chapman to the Evil Empire? Are we really surprised that the Yankees took a flyer on this guy after the Dodgers bailed out after that Domestic Violence allegation? I mean, who else would have done this?
Welp, I guess the Yankees couldn’t let the Mets have ALL the press, right?
Dodge Ball. Yeah, that’s right, Dodge Ball. As crazy as it sounds, we have an adult dodgeball league here in our little county, but what’s even crazier – the best two teams in the whole county reside in my wife’s camp. She didn’t share this with me, but I found it in the paper where the top two teams squared off in the championship – her teams.
Otherwise…It’s been a pretty quiet week, though Navy did step up and beat Pittsburgh yesterday in the Military Bowl. This QB Keenan Reynolds is gonna go to the Senior Bowl as a Running Back, but I’m curious to see if a team takes a flyer on this kid knowing he owes time to the Navy.