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The NFL playoff picture looked so boring at the start of Saturday and it pretty much stayed that way. Saturday included wins by the Saints, which many expected, and the Colts, which even more expected. Followed by Sunday in which we saw wins from Minnesota, which many expected, and New York, which very few expected. A breakdown of sorts, shall we….
Who Dat Saints – They started the season so hot and created a media buzz that could choke a whale, on the brink of an undefeated year. The Cowboys barge into the Dome and put a hole in the sails. They go on to lose a few more and the country writes off the New Orleans Aints. Why? As if the Saints lost everything they had prior to the Dallas loss? Although the Cardinals were more than a touchdown underdog against the Saints, we all knew the easy money was on the Saints. The Cardinals were unpredictable, up-and-down, and coming off a draining win against the hungry (but not hungry enough) Packers. Not to mention, the New Orleans Saints have very quietly become America’s new favorite team. Ever met a person that said they hated the Saints? Can anyone really say that? They have the support of America behind them and no one would down the Super Bowl if the Saints were involved. And just to help their case, the Saints defense is playing well and their offense is prolific.
Indianapolis Colts – Whether you like him or not, people like Peyton! He’s easily the best quarterback in the league and perhaps the most intelligent passer we’ve seen. Are the Colts necessarily flashy? I would argue no. However, audiences enjoy the happy feet of Peyton Manning and his last-second audibles, which leave defenses simply, well….defenseless. The Colts’ defense is faster than most people give them credit for and the coaching staff for this team could be the brightest in the playoffs. Would the country really not tune into a Super Bowl that included Peyton Manning? Doubtful.
Minnesooota Vikings – I think we all saw this coming. Even before Brett Favre took the field in purple, everyone claimed that the Vikings were just one decent quarterback away from making a Super Bowl run. Soooo, they get a better-than-decent quarterback and land ol’ ageless! Brett has been nothing but spectacular this season, aside from the off-season distracting crap, and he has really made everyone on the Minnesota team better. Take Sidney Rice for example. This kid was about three hairs short of being labled a “bust”, if not labled so already, and suddenly he becomes a Hall of Famer’s favorite target. The Minnesota defense may be a little overrated but they showed otherwise against the Cowgirls and their sissified offensive line. This team controls their own destiny. Picture this: Brett Favre, age 40, leads Vikings in Super Bowl. Whether you’re a football fan or not…is anyone gonna miss the ‘Wrangler Guy’ in the Super Bowl? No way.
New York J-E-T-S – And finally we have the New York, underdog, never-had-a-shot, rookie coach-havin’, rookie quarterback-havin’, no good, stinkin’ Jets. Who’d-uh-thunk-it? The San Diego Chargers were apparently built to win the Super Bowl and the time was now. But then they realized that their head coach was Norv Turner…and that guy couldn’t win a tee-ball game. The New York Jets were told all year that they “couldn’t” and they were told all season that Mark “Sanchise” couldn’t get it done. And now look! The Jets built themselves on the classic football frame – defense and running the football. Now the Jets are in the AFC title game and looking to make history. Would anyone miss the playoffs with an underdog like the New York Jets in the Super Bowl? Um, yes. Although the Jets retain a strong and very supportive fandom, they wouldn’t draw the largest crowd.
So here we sit. Who will be playing in the Super Bowl? I’m no prophet but I predict two scenarios ( not hard to determine if you think about it )…
Indianapolis Colts v. Minnesota Vikings – This one makes the most sense for me. Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks going head-to-head in America’s largest sporting event; who’d miss this? Football people like Peyton and Brett, or at least have respect for their game. And non-football people know Brett and Peyton for their Wrangler and Visa ads, respectively. And did we mention Brett Favre was 40? Every middle-aged man in America will be watching this game and rootin’ for the ol’ guy, even if this is their first ever football game! Rogaine might as well go ahead and buy the largest advertising spot if Brett and the Vikes make it to the Bowl. And can us football fans really make a case that Peyton Manning doesn’t deserve a second Super Bowl ring? This is the best match-up for the audience and the NFL’s pockets.
Indianapolis Colts v. New Orleans Saints – It’s hard for the league to go wrong this year. Even if Minnesota and the original Viking himself, Brett Favre, don’t make it – America’s favorite team will. We all love the Saints! And wow, what a story! A natural disaster literally leaves the historic city of New Orleans in ruins and the fight to rebuild is a long and hard process. The New Orleans Saints have never been so talented and have never given so much to their city. And now, when all their chips were down, the New Orleans Saints make the biggest rebound in history (all statistics aside) and make it to the Super Bowl to represent everyone who is not a Colts fan! And taking on the Saints is the future Hall of Famer that some may call “the best player to ever play the game”. Needless to say, everyone will be watching except maybe a few less uninterested females due to the non-appearence of Brett Favre.
And that’s pretty much it. The league has allowed the underdog Jets to stay in it this long just to make sure that audiences tune in to see if they can “really pull it off”. But in the end, the NFL won’t allow a small-market underdog make it to the Super Bowl over the likes of Peyton Manning and the Colts. The New Yorks Jets are a great story, don’t get me wrong, and they have been absolutely sensational thus far. but the league will have no more. Unfortunately the Super Bowl picture can be too sweet and the NFL’s pockets can be too heavily stuffed.
And with that being said – would the League have it any other way?
The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to release future Hall of Fame wide receiver, Marvin Harrison. In order to keep Harrison, the Colts would have needed him to take a paycut. However Marvin Harrison is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver and his agent is Tom Condon (’nuff said).
Although Harrison is at the ripe age of 36, he feels that he deserves the $6 million he was due in 2009 and that he has the ability to be a number one receiver. Teammates understood Harrison’s move and they basically said that he had to do what he had to do.
And that’s a type of football-philosophy that many of us fans don’t understand. We always say, “if that was me, I’d take a paycut to play with Peyton and finish my career with the team that drafted me, blah, blah, blah”. But we’re not there, we have no idea what it’s like to be a football player. We must almost remind ourselves that no matter how long an NFL player’s contract is, it’s still a year-to-year deal. In other words, a Marvin Harrison making $6 million per year can be cut at anytime and lose any potential money in his contract. So when a player, especially like Harrison, is not willing to take a paycut, we can’t bash him. These guys throw their lives (sorry to be dramatic) on the field in order to entertain a living room full of crazy strangers that root for the colors their wearing. Sure the players love the game and that has to do with their playing too, but let these guys have to get the money while they can.
Who cares where Marvin goes, I’ll wait to see him in Canton.
Marvin Harrison’s Credentials:
- 8 Pro Bowls
- Super Bowl Ring
- 14,550 Yards (Fourth All-Time)
- 128 Receiving Touchdowns (Fifth All-Time)
Tony Dungy has decided to call it quits after a stellar career as an NFL head coach, perhaps one of the greatest coaches in the NFL’s modern day era. Dungy was 53-years-old with a career regular-season record of 139-69. Dungy had 6-straight 12-win seasons and also recorded 10 consecutive playoff appearances. He also won the Super Bowl in 2007, becoming the first black head coach to ever do so.
Dungy faced many battles throughout his coaching career, including the suicide of his son in 2005, and still made his mark as one the greatest coaches and people to ever touch the NFL. Dungy has said that he will now focus on prison ministry and spending time with his family. The Indianapolis Colts have introduced Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. Caldwell served as an assistant coach under Dungy since 2001.
A great coach and an even greater person.
This is an extremely exciting time for football fans everywhere, especially if your team happened to post a pretty good record. It’s the start of the NFL playoffs. Time to order the wings, grab the beers, call the buddies, and retire to the mancave for the next 8-12 hours. I have my playoff picture sprawled out in my mind, who I think will go where and who will ultimately win it all and you should too. To start, here’s what I like for Saturday’s games…
Atlanta @ Arizona (4:30pm) – Arizona got to the playoffs because of an atrocious division and they really embarassed themselves in games latter in the season. They have had trouble selling tickets to a playoff game, which doesn’t happen often in Arizona, and that is a sign that the fan support isn’t what it could be. With the college-like offense, there’s no doubt that the Cards are entertaining to watch – but they don’t have the defense to do any damage in the playoffs. Atlanta, on the otherhand, is the perfect cinderella story this season. Worst team a year ago, Mike Vick is an idiot, fans in Atlanta are hating every minute of it, etc. Then they draft Matt Ryan (NFC ROY), sign a guy named Michael Turner, and get a new coach who really knows what he’s doing. For my pick I look at one match-up, Michael Turner vs. Cardinals’ defense. I like Atlanta. Matt Ryan will not be perfect but Michael Turner will do his work. Arizona’s offense won’t dominate like it usually does and the homefield advantage will have no effect on either ball club. Atlanta comes out on top.
Indianapolis @ San Diego (8:00pm) – This game is a lot harder to predict than most. San Diego makes me scratch my head and Indy has been a quiet surprise after their slow start. I would like to think that Peyton Manning is on a mission and he won’t lose his first playoff game, but the Chargers are still my early Super Bowl pick (you can laugh at that one, I do). With new reports that LT has a tear in his groin, and those normally don’t feel too good, I’ll have to go with the Wonders – a.k.a. Colts. The Colts have the opportunity to pull what the Steelers did a couple years ago. It’s not likely and I don’t think they’ll win the Super Bowl, but I think the Colts prevail in this game today.
Good luck, get ready for Sunday