Granted, there’s no simulated oral sex or guy-on-guy kissing (not to my knowledge, at least), but ahhhh… this was the week I was waiting for – a week full of “how the hells” and WTFs. While the Saints and Colts are continuing their epic domination in their respective conferences, other teams this weekend decided to surprise the hell out of us… err, I mean, me. Because, you know, I’m hardly ever surprised anymore considering I expect the Raiders to lose, which they do.
But wait – this weekend, they didn’t lose. Not only did they not lose, but they didn’t lose to a pretty decent team in the Bengals. And whoa! Still not used to saying “decent” and “Bengals” in the same sentence (notice how I refrain from saying the Raiders “won” because they didn’t really “win.” The Bengals basically handed the game to them with that fumble). Another statement I never thought I’d utter is “Cleveland and Detroit” in a 38-37 “shootout.” Yeah, what universe are we in again?
Join me as I recount this crazy NFL weekend. I will try to avoid using any more “air quotes” as they annoy myself as much as they do you.
Kansas City upset Pittsburgh. What’s the common thread here? KC loses big mouth Larry Johnson and wins. Cincy gains Larry Johnson and loses. Dumping LJ was the smartest thing KC’s done all year. KC and “smart?” Yeah, there’s another completely foreign statement to me (Ok, no more air quotes… I promise).
Denver loses… again. Eons ago, after Josh McDaniels and co. rattled off their 6th straight win over San Diego, I was ready to proclaim the young prodigy Coach of the Year… less than halfway through the season, no less. But I quickly deleted that article, because… well, I totally knew they’d drop 4 straight. I mean, any idiot could have seen that coming. SO OBVIOUS!
On the flip side of the Broncos’ monster collapse are the Tennessee Titans, who have registered a mind-blowing 4 straight wins after losing their first 6. I mentioned a couple of weeks back that having Kerry Collins as your quarterback means you’re doomed to fail. I guess Jeff Fisher reads my posts here at TheSportsReportGirl.com. Vince Young is looking pretty good – and stable.
Devin Hester moons us. So, you tell me, what was more hilarious – Hester’s inadvertent butt shot, or J-Lo’s accidental butt fall?
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the NFL this week, and for once, didn’t need to take any antidepressants. As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving fell on Sunday this year.
For that, I’m very thankful.
After the Patriots’ embarrassing 59-0 rout of the depressing, downtrodden Tennessee Titans this weekend, the question that has repeatedly entered the public consciousness has been: is there such a thing as running up the score in professional sports? My answer: No.
Except when it’s the Patriots, so in this particular situation… Yes.
Let me explain…
This isn’t Pop Warner, there’s no such thing as a mercy rule. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars, so it’s up to you, as a player, whether you want to do your job and stop the other team from scoring (in turn, offensive players should be able to put some points on the board, as well). Seattle’s destruction of Jacksonville in week 5 (41-0) and the Giant’s domination over the Raiders (44-7) was merely one team performing ten times better than the other, without any ill intentions. The losing team just didn’t have enough juice to keep up.
In the case of the Pats-Titans game, while yes, one team performed far superior to the other, the second part of the equation is not true. In the Giants-Raiders game, Eli came out by halftime and a lot of the starters sat out the second half. Even though Seattle had a relatively healthy Hasselbeck, they gave backup Seneca Wallace some playing time. New England, however, played Brady, Moss, Welker and co. through the third quarter, even with a 45-0 lead. Lame.
The Patriots had every intention of running up the score, and I don’t believe this just because I will forever despise the Patriots and their BFF, Walt Coleman (remember the “tuck rule?”). I actually think there are legitimate reasons for their actions, like…
1. The Patriots aren’t the undefeated, untouchable team they once were. They wanted to show once and for all that they are still the supreme elite talent of the league (kind of like how a bully compensates for his lack of confidence by picking on the skinny, nerdy kid who picks his nose).
2. Labeled the “Cheatriots” from the “Spygate” incident a couple years back, Belichick is out for blood. He doesn’t care if he runs up the score because the NFL and all the other teams tarnished his reputation as a “great coach,” especially during their most recent Super Bowl year (like Barry Bond’s HR record, I will always grin a little inside when I see that asterisks next to their name).
3. And this, I believe, is the reason above all others… Belichick and his cronies were picked on as little kids and decided to turn the tables.
So, once again, athletes shouldn’t complain about running up the score. They’re professionals and should be able play like ones, especially when money is fattening their wallets. But again, the Patriots should know there is such a thing as class. I wonder where theirs went (assuming they once had it).