23
Jan
10

Championship Weekend!

It’s championship weekend folks. We are at that sad time of year where, there are only 3 football games left in the season 😦 Well…four if you count the Pro-Bowl..but who counts the Pro Bowl? So here is my analysis of the upcoming games, but I have fully accepted at this point that I have lackluster success when it comes to picking winners.

AFC Championship: Jets vs. Colts 3pm CBS

I think this is going to be the lackluster matchup of the weekend. Throw out the fact that the Jets ‘ruined’ the Colts perfect season a few weeks ago. Indianapolis ruined their OWN season by pulling starters and making a calculated decision that they think, at the time, made the most sense to get their team to the Super Bowl. We will see if that all pays off this Sunday. (It will be interesting, if the Colts DO win the Super Bowl to hear the chatter about whether that decision was worth it) Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, the Colts have to get past the on-fire Jets to do it. I think that they will. While there is a lot to like about the Jets team: a rookie QB, solid defense and a loud-mouth coach, I think their lucky streak runs out here. Peyton Manning is ridiculously experienced, as are other players on the team, and its hard to believe it’s Jim Caldwell’s first year as head coach. I’ve never seen Peyton Manning choke. Not once in his entire career. I don’t think the first time will be tomorrow. The Colts’ junior varsity squad lost to the Jets in Week 16. organization…after Manning was pulled out. So it’s been a great season, Jets. Sanchez, you have firmly cemented yourself as the future of that and gained some experience. You’ll be a force to reckon withe next year, and I would have taken you guys over the Ravens, but the Colts are too good. No one has beaten their starters for an entire year…and it won’t start now.

Blossoming into a fine QB right in front of our eyes

NFC Championship: Vikings vs. Saints 6:40pm Fox

THIS.IS.IT. The match-up we’ve ALL been waiting for. The match-up we’ve all been hoping for. Thank God the NFC playoffs have gone ‘as planned,’ and we have this epic showdown. It’s gonna be a GOOD ONE folks. You’ve got the Vikings, who have blossomed into the powerhouse we always knew they could be when they got the QB situation figured out (Sorry, Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels) It was worth the wait. At 40 years old, Brett Favre has been amazing, throwing for 33 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards. (and I HATE to admit it) Adrian Peterson is completely awesome and the defense is playing solid. The Vikings have proven to be a difficult team to beat all season.

Striking resemblance to Benedict Arnold...no?

If anyone can do it…it’s the New Orleans Saints. I like the Saints. I really do. I WANT them to win. There are so many interesting aspects of this story. Drew Brees has really blossomed since he went to the Saints. After a successful career at Purdue, leading the team to a Rose Bowl, it seemed like Brees might be exactly like a countless number of other quarterbacks that thrive in college but not in the NFL (Tim Tebow will soon be added to the list) Since going to New Orleans, Brees has made an astonishing impact and has become the franchise quarterback that he always knew he could be. Reggie Bush is playing IMPECCABLY. Seriously, it looks like he’s back at USC rolling through the PAC-10 conference with such ease.

So I would say, undoubtedly that the Quarterback/Runningback combos on these respective teams are as even as you can get. So what’s going to make the difference? Two Words: Jeremy Shockey. Shockey plays rough and tough and has an incredible amount of charisma. He is, without doubt, one of the ten best tight ends in the NFL and he WANTS it. He is a game changer.

back when he was clean-cut

Percy Harvin for the Vikings is awesome too, but with this mysterious injury and his lack of practice this week, look fo rhim to be less effective in the game…if he even plays it all.

I want the Saints to win, I’m not sure they will but I WANT them to. It’s a great story, it’s a team with a lot of great players and it’s a city that is still reeling from the effect of Hurricane Katrina. Let’s not mention that I don’t want to hear the media hype about Favre returning to the Super Bowl. I hate Brett Favre. He is the epitome of jags. Just because you’re talented, doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you want. I think it’s lame that Favre needs the feel to prove himself to ANYONE, especially his old organization–but I think he’s done that. I don’t think anyone will say that Favre is too old to play… If I remember correctly, I think it was just ‘We’re sick of doing this see-saw will he come back or not sooner rather than later and just want to know’ So, we all know Brett Favre won’t quit us, but dammit  can we please quit Brett Favre? I’m sick of his story, I don’t care that he ‘s still got it.’ To quote my friends on Twitter “Rather than see Favre’s ‘pants on the ground’, I’d rather see his ass on the ground tomorrow.” I hope it happens.

What are your thought? Do you think the Jets can take out the colts? Who do you think is going to win this dog fight in the NFC on Sunday? What are your thoughts on Brett Favre?

Talk to me people 🙂

–Sam

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1 Response to “Championship Weekend!”


  1. 1 Twinny
    January 26, 2010 at 3:07 am

    The Vikings should have at least had an opportunity to field their offense in overtime. To see such awful officiating rob that game of it’s integrity in OT (where the winner goes to the SuperBowl) was a spectacle that I hope never plays out again. Terrible pass interference call, AWFUL 4th and inches call (when a player loses full possession of the football, he must re-establish himself and previous forward progress is negated), and terrible call for a “catch” that blatantly hit the ground without full possession. I’m not angry that the Saints are going to the SuperBowl, but rather am angry at they way they were handed a trip to Miami. The Vikings got robbed of an opportunity to win the game, and earned every right to take the field offensively.


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