How do you go up 14-0, then get blown away 42-20? I don’t know, but ask the Seattle Seahawks. Just as I predicted, the Seahawks sucked it up against the Green Bay Packers. Sure, after the first quarter I thought I was gonna hear it from you guys, but the overrated ‘hawks revealed their ugly heads again. A 42-6 run by the Pack and, well, thanks for coming. I wish my fantasy team was still going, b/c Ryan Grant and his 201 yds, 3 td performance would have helped. I’m 5-0 so far in playoffs, not that I’m bragging or anything. Next up for the Pack, the winner of the Cowboys/Giants game… Next up for the ‘hawks, Havasu or Mexico…
So the Patriots beat the Giants in NY on Saturday night, 38-35. Props to the Giants for keeping it respectable but you always had that gut feeling that the Pats were going to win. Is it just me or were the fans in NY cheering for the Pats? Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s records of most passing touchdowns in a single season with 51. Randy Moss broke the single game receiving touchdown records held by Jerry Rice, with 23. These guys are for real. I don’t think anyone doubts that. But in playoffs, one fumble or bad snap and the tide can turn if the game is close. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, this records doesn’t mean s#@! if they don’t win the Superbowl. By the way, if my fantasy football league was still going, I would’ve killed today (Randy Moss 2 tds + Eli Manning 4 tds). Go figure.
What little chance the Pittsburgh Steelers had to beat the Patriots and go to the Superbowl, just got a little littler on Sunday. Their stud runningback/horse, at the time NFL rushing leader, Willie Parker injured himself on his first carry and is done for the season. With his injury, the Steelers now will have to resort to starting Packers’ reject Najeh Davenport in the backfield. Davenport is no slouch, but does not have breakaway speed. The Steelers lose their home run threat on the ground and now will have to solely rely on Big Ben’s arm to take them back to the promised land. I’m thinking everyone is already going to lay down to the Patriots. But you would like teams to at least put their best men on the field for the losing effort.
Well, it came down to the finals in my fantasy football league. My team the Vig vs. the Cinderella story, Common Sense. He shocked the world by taking down the favorite in the semifinals. It we against him, good against bad. Sure I had been in 1st place all year long but I panicked. I did something that most gamblers would never admit to. I hedged. With 1st place getting $175 and 2nd $50, I made a deal with the guy where we would split them and each go home with $112.50. Heck, I thought to myself why not? $50 would suck and I would be happy with anything over $100. Plus I had no confidence in my quarterback Eli Manning and my team was struggling. He accepted the deal, I got some grief from the other managers, then of course, I spanked him in the finals. What if..I wish I hadn’t… I knew this was gonna happen anyways. If I didn’t make the deal, I would’ve gotten crushed, and if I made it, I would’ve won. I’m OK with the deal, sure $175 would have been nice. But I’ll take the split and most importantly a fantasy football 1st place trophy in my trophy case. Now they’ll all be coming after me next year. That’s what happens when you finish on top, or at least tie for first.
What is that? Suns go on an 8-0 run? Pats are 8-0 after the first eight games of the season? Try 2 field goals and a safety and you have the final score of the Bills and Browns game in Cleveland. They played all game in the snow, a game where you couldn’t even see the lines on the field. It was ugly, true, but good teams find a way to get it done and frankly, a win is a win. The Browns are on their way to a playoff appearance while the Bills, on their way home. Buffalo needed this win to stay in the playoff race. Unfortunately for them, the weather was just too much for them. As for my fantasy football league, thanks for nothing Derek Anderson.
It’s all about matchups. I survived round 1, and the only reason was because I was the top seeded team playing against the eight seed. If I played any other team, I would’ve been outty. But now it’s round two, 1 win away from the money, forget about my team’s poor performance last week. Thursday night’s game had my opponent playing Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, who decided to tear it up. 23 points later, I’m already in the hole and looking forward to Sunday. Anxious a bit too. The good: I got Derek Anderson hosting the Bills (I need at least 3 tds from him). Randy Moss v. the Jets and Terrell Owens v. the Eagles, both at home, both should pay dividends (especially after T.O.’s quiet week 14). Ryan Grant against the Rams, I’ll take that too. Dallas Clark at the Raiders, I smell endzone. The Bad: Eli Manning at home against the ‘skins, I’m worried. This guy hasn’t played well since week 1. Fargas at home against the Colts, worried about the Colts focusing on him. X-factors: Steven Jackson and Torry Holt at home against Green Bay??? How about the Baltimore D at Miami, can they shut down or will me picking up Baltimore jinx them and give Miami their 1st win. My opponent isn’t too shabby either. Aside from the two Broncos mentioned above, he’s got Kitna and K. Jones at S.D. Housh at S.F., GB defense, Addai at Oakland and Driver and Hines. I like my players’ matchups more than his and my yahoo fantasy says my team should take it. I’m still worried as I should be but it’ll make my Sunday interesting. Worse case scenario, I play for 3rd base and my money back. I don’t want it, I want the gold, cup, ring, whatever you wanna call it. FOCUS, FOCUS.
After letting his skills do the talking, 14 tds and 1,270 receiving yards, Terrell Owens couldn’t control himself. A little off the field controversy with Keyshawn Johnson, wide receiver turned analyst, has sparked some comments from Owens. Looks like Keyshawn has made statements where he gave credit to the Dallas Cowboys’ success to former coach Bill Parcells. In response, Owens not only backed up his coach Wade Philips, but also verbally socked Key in the mouth, basically saying that he sucked. I’m no Key fan, I always thought that he was overrated and a bitch, throwing his teammates under the bus and blaming everyone but himself. Owens was an “I” guy too, but he’s a changed man. He needs to ignore Key’s comments, shut up and play ball. The last thing the Cowboys need is a distraction. Owens has done a good job keeping his cool and focusing on football all year, now is not the time to stir it up and lose focus. The Cowboys are the NFC favorite to make it to the Superbowl and the only thing that could stop them from getting there is Owens’ mouth. So just zip it buddy. You’re on my fantasy team, it’s playoff time for me, and I need you to light up the Eagles this weekend.
Get your minds out of the gutter folks. I’m talking about Reginald Bush/Kardashian of the New Orleans Saints. Mr. Bush has a torn knee ligament and will probably be out for the rest of the season. Maybe that’s why Bush has sucked so bad this year. Maybe that’s why Bush made that shitty lateral pass against the Bucs which resulted in a fumble and a loss. Maybe we can continue to make excuses for possibly one of the best collegiate athletes of all time and why he has been a bust in the NFL. All I know is this kid better get his act together, get his ass out of Hollywood and into footballwood before nobody wants him. I know it’s only his second year, but so what? He’s getting paid big bucks and is expected to perform. So far, nada. Take my advice Bush, sit out the year, grow and get stronger and come back with a vengeance next year. As for all you fantasy football geeks out there, go pick up Aaron Stecker, I already did.
Have you seen this person? The Bears‘ defense seems to have disappeared. One year after leading their team to the Superbowl, the Bears defense, well SUCKS. They’re ranked 28th in yards per game, 20th in points given up per game, 27th in rushing yards allowed, and 25th in passing yards allowed. It’s a sad day in Chicago. On Thursday night, the Bears horrific defense continued as they allowed backup qb Todd Collins, Mr. I haven’t thrown a pass in 3 years or a td in 5, torched the Chicago Bears D with 2 touchdowns, no pics and 224 yards. This guy completed 15 of 20 passes. Are you kidding me? The Washington Redskins. I guess I’m more pissed because this week is the first round of playoffs for my fantasy league and I am playing the worst team in the playoffs and my Bears D got me a measly 3 points. What a bust. This team is a far cry from last years, let alone the Bears of the past. If I go out in the first round, I’m gonna be pisssssed. Now I know what Marty Schottenhiemer feels like. Hopefully my offense tears it up, let’s go Eli Manning, Derek Anderson, T.O., Moss, Steven Jackson, Holt, Ryan Grant, Fargas, Dallas Clark, and of course, the kicker Mason Crosby. Pray for me fellow readers, I need this bad. If I lose, they might hire Norv to replace me.
Well, this is the time everyone has been playing all season for. For most fantasy football owners, playoffs will either start this weekend or next, either a 4 or 8 team playoff format. My league has 10 teams, with 8 making the playoffs. I came in first for my league so I get to play the 8 seed in the first round. Want me to be honest with you, I’m deathly frightened. You work all year to get to the top, and 1 loss in the playoffs and it’s Lake Havasu with Nick Van Exel if you know what I mean. I’ve been there before, getting to the top, then early playoff exit. I’m the Marty Schottenheimer of fantasy football, unable to win the big game. I hope this year is different. I hate having a playoff system, it rewards luck as opposed to the good teams. That’s why I feel the same for college football and the BCS. Sure it would be more “fair” by giving the top 8 teams a chance to compete for the big one. But doesn’t the regular season lose some of its intensity and luster? And what about the 9th or 10th seeded teams, they’re going to get screwed anyways. Back to fantasy (reality’s a bitch), I have one piece of advice for all of you playing for the money, stick to what you’ve been doing, because if you start to play matchups and mix up your lineup in the playoffs, you’ll be gambling and when you gamble, the house ALWAYS WINS.