Sports Medley: 2017
NFL Playoffs, Round One: 2 Jan 17
by Tony Medley
Oakland at Houston:
This game shows the brilliance of the NFL in making money. Neither of
these teams has a snowball’s chance in Hades of making the Super Bowl
but it’s on National TV and will play to a sold out crowd. Without
quarterback Derek Carr, Oakland is no offensive threat. Houston is
equally weak, but when offense-challenged Denver could score 24 points
against the Raiders Sunday, I’m picking Houston.
Detroit at Seattle:
I like Detroit, but Seattle is just a much better team on both sides of
the ball. Seattle.
Miami at Pittsburgh:
Another mismatch. Miami lost its quarterback, and former UCLA
quarterback Matt Moore hasn’t been as effective as I imagined he would
be. Still, Pittsburgh has a strong offense and enough defense to win
this fairly easily, no matter who plays quarterback for Miami.
New York at Green
always challenging to bet against Aaron Rodgers. For a while the Giants
were playing as strongly as anyone in the league. Even though the
Packers’ secondary is horribly depleted, Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning
has been hot and cold this year. If he’s hot, and with the Giants’ great
receivers, the Giants could win, but the Giants prepared for their
biggest game of the year by partying with Johnny Manziel in Florida.
Clemson over Alabama. Clemson’s defense is almost as good as ‘Bama’s and
its offense is substantially better, given ‘Bama’s weakness at
I wasn’t a fan of the
BCS and what they’ve got now just continues to disrespect the importance
of conferences. Either conference champions go before anyone else in
their conference or the entire conference season is meaningless. Big Ten
champion Penn State should have played in place of Ohio State, who
didn’t even win its division.
The Big Ten continues
to be the most overrated conference in the history of college football.
Year in and year out they play incestuous schedules but get all the
attention and publicity. As confirmation, this year’s bowl record was 3
wins, 7 losses.
The Rose Bowl was a
captivating game, but doesn’t anybody play defense anymore outside of
Alabama and Clemson?
Is Sam Darnold the
next Tom Brady? Anybody remember Ron Vander Kelen?
In addition to Howard
Cosell, another man Will Rogers never met is Lane Kiffen.
Why Losers Lose,
At the end of the first half, trailing the Giants 10-0 in a “must win”
game, the Redskins had a first and 10 on their 27 yard line with 39
seconds left with all three timeouts. They completed a pass for four
yards to their 31 but did not call a timeout with 29 seconds left. Let’s
stop for a second. Is there a reason not to call one of your 3 timeouts
here? I don’t hear an answer, so let’s move on. Then they completed a
pass for a first down on their 38 and finally called their first timeout
with eight seconds left. Then they completed another pass to the Giants’
40 and called their second timeout with one second left, but missed a
Hail Mary 55 yard field goal try.
If Coach Jay Gruden
had used common sense and called their first timeout with 29 seconds
left they would have had time for at least one more play (maybe 2) after
reaching the Giants’ 40 to get into much better field goal range. They
lost by those 3 points (with the score 13-10 with 8 seconds left, the
Giants scored a last play TD on a recovered fumble to make the score
More ESPN defending
Here’s what ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger said while calling the
Sugar Bowl about Oklahoma ruffian Joe Mixon, “We talked to the coaches
and they all swear that the young man is doing fine… He sat out the
suspension, was reinstated, and, folks, he is just one of the best…(G)iven
a second chance by Bob Stoops and Oklahoma, let’s hope that this young
man makes the most of his chance and goes on to have a career in the
National Football League.”
Well, isn’t that
wonderful, Brent. He slugged a young woman in the face, broke her jaw
and fractured her cheekbone, changing her life forever, waited 2 1/2
years before issuing an insincere, hypocritical apology, and all you
care about is that he’s “doing fine,” and add that he is “one of
the best?” Brent was a friend of mine back in the day, and I thought he
was better than this obsequious sycophancy.