It's good to be back after a brief hiatus for the holiday yesterday. The weekend was full of excitement and disappointment. As much as I wanted to see the Seahawks host the NFC championship versus the cheese heads the eventual outcome of the game against Chicago was to be expected. The Seahawks were who we thought they were. I was encouraged by the way the Seahawks kept battling back throughout the game however and they almost gave Vegas a heart attack. The future looks bright (so long as they get a quarterback) and this offseason is when we will get to see the true brilliance of Pete Carroll. Stay tuned.
As for the other playoff games? I was happy to see the trash talking Jets put an end to all that Patriots dynasty talk. If the Patriots are so perfect why will they be watching the AFC championship game at home just like me? I don't like to brag (yes I do), but I did predict the Jets would win the AFC title in this blog on August 24th. Now they only have one HUGE obstacle to get past before reaching the Super Bowl. Let's not kid ourselves, Pittsburgh is not going out without a fight and experience is on their side. I just think it's the Jets time to shine.
So who will the Jets meet in Super Bowl XLV? The Green Bay Packers. After beating the snot piss out of the Falcons in the Georgia Dome they get to face an opponent they know all too well. The Packers/Bears rivalry dates back to the Middle ages and there is no love lost between these two foes. As Young Sam Rothstein would tell you ride the hot hand and follow your hunches. Aaron Rodgers is as hot as Hades right now and much to the chagrin of my family and friends in the 312 I'm STILL not convinced Chicago is a Super Bowl team.
At the end of the day you end up with a New York/Green Bay Super Bowl in Dallas. There will be so many subplots and drama before the big game you'll think you're watching TMZ or the Wendy Williams show. Be prepared. Here are some observations from the weekend:
College basketball isn't that fun to watch anymore. It's still mandatory because there's money to be made and the players are the future stars of the NBA, but when the best players continually go pro after one year it's hard to follow. You basically have to watch the McDonalds All American game to figure out who is who.
The Los Angeles Clippers are the 2nd most exciting team to watch in the NBA. Everyone wants to see what Blake "The Barbarian" Griffin is going to do next and every possession is a potential sportscenter highlight. They won't get close to making the playoffs so savor the remaining 42 games.
Albert Pujols will not remain a St. Louis Cardinal after this season. Albert has given the Cardinals a deadline of spring training (33 more days) to come up with a new contract or he's not talking. There's no doubt the Cardinals would like to retain his services (he's the best player in baseball right now) but in the end they simply won't be able to afford him. Small market syndrome takes effect once again.