Monday, January 01, 2007

Monday 01/01/07 A.M. Quickie:
Happy New Year! (Now Give Me My Bowls!)

Happy New Year! Late posting today, but I wanted to comment on two things:

(1) NFL: OK, the Chiefs making the playoffs (or, more accurately, the Broncos completely muffing the playoffs) was a shocker. And though there's no doubt that KC earned it (with by far the toughest Week 17 matchup of any AFC Wild Card contender), Denver completely crapped the bed on this one. KC fans must be thrilled.

Over in the NFC, there might not have been much drama after the Giants clinched the No. 6 spot on Saturday, so how awesome was the Lions-Cowboys result?

(A) The Cowboys swipe the mantle from the Giants for "Least Momentum Heading Into the Playoffs." (B) The Lions manage to bungle the one thing – top draft position – that they really needed. Even when they win, they lose. Unbelievable. I think it's official that rooting for the Lions is the worst fan position in the NFL.

(2) New Year's Day Bowls: As I've said before, the Arkansas-Wisconsin game is a proxy for the BCS title game:

If SEC tops Big Ten, it's one more piece of data that the Big Ten sucked this season and the SEC was terrific. If Big Ten tops SEC, the Big Ten has been underrated and Florida's SEC title-game win isn't what we thought it was. (Meanwhile, the game features the two best RBs returning in college football next year: Darren McFadden and PJ Hill.)

Rose Bowl: I'm torn. As a Big Ten alum, I almost always root for Big Ten teams in bowl matchups. And I absolutely hate USC. But as a Florida fan, I want to see Michigan get beat, if only to end the whining that they somehow deserve to be in the national title game.

Fiesta Bowl: How can you NOT be rooting for Cinderella non-BCS team Boise State to beat big bad Oklahoma and finish the season as potentially the only unbeaten team left?

Join in the comments for your bowl-day observations and analysis. Like me, I assume you're parked in front of the TV, too. Happy New Year!

UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): OK, so Wisconsing beating Arkansas (in what can only be described as one of the least entertaining bowl games I've ever watched) is a huge win for the Big Ten -- and erodes at least a bit of SEC haughtiness from the Bowl Season (and BCS title game).

After all, wasn't Wisconsin supposed to be vastly overrated? Weren't they supposed to be hardly a "quality win" for Michigan, let alone Michigan's "best" win of the season? New reality: Wisco just beat an Arkansas team that was the 3rd-best team in the SEC and one that many (including me) had thought extremely highly of.

It's Wisconsin's first (and only) quality win of the season, but suddenly makes Michigan's win over Wisconsin that much more impressive. (Nevermind that still only makes 1.5 quality wins for Michigan this season -- better-than-we-thought Wisconsin and worse-than-we-thought Notre Dame. But certainly fodder for the argument that the Big Ten isn't being dragged down by Wisconsin being overrated. (God, I'm going to miss college football until next September.)

-- D.S.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

You missed the tragic death of Broncos CB Darrent Williams who was killed in a drive by shooting early this morning.

nep1293 said...

Why was it that when Cory Lidle died there was round the clock coverage and now with Darrent Williams there's barely a mention on TV or the Internet. Is it just due to an overabundance of Sports related stories today or should the race card be thrown out there????

Greg said...

I think it's official that rooting for the Lions is the worst fan position in the NFL.

Woo! We're number 1, we're number 1!

Anonymous said...

I think it's official that rooting for the Lions is the worst fan position in the NFL.

Sadly, I've known this my entire life.

Anonymous said...

What caused all the attention with Lidle was the fact that a plane crashed into a NYC building, that story had legs well before anyone knew it was Cory Lidle.

Anonymous said...

Is it just due to an overabundance of Sports related stories today or should the race card be thrown out there????

Stop it. When Corey Stringer died, there was round the clock coverage. Before they knew it was Corey Lidle in the plane, a lot of the news organizations covered it becuase it was a reminder of 9/11 (the whole plane flying into a building). It's people like you who prevent any real race issues from being discussed by irresponsibly throwing out the race card.

Dan, a lot of people are not rooting for Boise State. Those people realize that Boise State will be blown out by Oklahoma because they do not belong with the big schools. Oklahoma is a much better team than the 2004 Pitt team that played Utah. One big reason Boise State is playing in this game is that they didn't play anyone this year. A lot of people in America don't root for teams taking the easy route.

Michael said...

I'm a Lions fan who didn't want Brady Quinn (overrated), so I'm Ok with not having the #1 pick. Yeah, they could have traded it. But Millen would have screwed that up.

Anonymous said...

Dennis Green becomes the first coaching casualty. No real surprise here.

ChrTh said...

No mention of the team that lost the most (besides Denver)? C'mon, the Chiefs were the LAST team the Colts wanted to face in the first round (before someone says something about San Diego, they couldn't meet in the first round).

The Colts only hope is that they have a slim lead at the end of the game and Herm Edwards' clock management skills become a factor.

ChrTh said...

Who wants to play a Shanoff game?

"Which playoff teams would trade their starting QB straight up for Brett Favre for the postseason?"

Chicago: In a heartbeat.
Dallas: Parcells would think about it, considering Romo's recent play.
Philly: No, got to stick with the Ewing Theory/Hot Hand of Garcia.
Seattle: Probably not. Although Holmgren would be tempted.
New Orleans: Doubtful
Giants: I think they would

Chargers: They'd consider it (Rivers is essentially a playoffs rookie), but ultimately wouldn't
Colts: Uh, no.
Pats: Uh, no.
Chiefs: If they didn't have Damon Huard sitting behind Trent Green, they'd think long and hard about this one.*
Ravens: Only if they were concerned about McNair breaking down.
Jets: Only if they were concerned about Pennington breaking down.

*Then again, how hard could it be to simply hand off to Larry Johnson every play?

...sigh, it's going to be tough seeing Brett in a jacket and tie next year.

Anonymous said...

Jim Mora Jr is now out in Atlanta. Willingham will probably be feeling some pressure this coming season at Washington.

Prediction: If Washington doesn't make a bowl next season, Willingham out, Mora in

chipp said...

The last 2 active NFL deaths were during/after SF @ DEN (Williams & Herrion). They probably shouldn't play each other any more.

Very sad. Hopefully it winds up being random violence and Williams will get buried with peace and dignity. RIP.

ChrTh said...

Wow, that was quick work on Mora. Atlanta must've wanted to make sure they could get to Green first.

Mikepcfl said...

You've got to mention the Bengals' choke job somewhere. I'm sure Houshmandzadeh is mouthing off somewhere about how they are still the best team in the AFC despite their 8-8 record. Maybe Ray will send him a ticket to the Ravens' game so Housh can sniff the playoffs.

Jeff said...

As a Lions fan, and an anti-tank proponet. I was extremely happy with the win yesterday over the cowboys.

Also, I enjoy the little jab of "I want to see Michigan get beat, if only to end the whining that they somehow deserve to be in the national title game."

Do you really want to get into that mess again?

However, I understand your sentiment. While I hate OSU, I want to see them blow out Florida just to prove that it was a complete joke for Florida to go to the NC game over Michigan.

Geoff-Detroit said...

As a Lions fan it really doesn't matter to me that they blew the #1 pick. They just avoided massively overpaying someone who never would have panned out for them anyway.

Geoff-Detroit said...

And yeah, it is far from over but 17-7 Wisconsin at the moment...

ChrTh said...

Things aren't looking good for the SEC right now.
PoSU 20, Tennessee 10 with just over a minute left.
Wisconsin 17, Arkansas 7 just before halftime.
Auburn 17, Nebraska 14 with 6:44 remaining in the game.

ChrTh said...

...and Auburn just fumbled the ball. To quote George Takei, OH MY.

mirthywvu said...

Slaton hurt, White hurting, not to mention the worst secondary ever has this Mountaineer fan having a horrible Gator Bowl day so far. Let's hope the 2nd half is a little better (but I'm not feeling good about it sadly)

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

A lot of people in America don't root for teams taking the easy route.

If it were so easy... well, you know the rest.

Dan, please stop implying that only an idiot could believe Michigan worthy of the BCS game. They were wrothy. Admit it. Only, so was UF--and there had to be a choice.

That said, go USC, since it would make this next week much less annoying assuming Arkansas gets beat. The combination of Arkansas losing, Tennessee losing, and Michigan winning would send ESPN into a death spiral of "should a victorious UF even be considered the champs" that might send me on a 10-state murder run.

Mikepcfl said...

Just want to say that Erin Andrews is looking even hotter than usual today!

Geoff-Detroit said...

Penn State beats Tennessee.
Wisconsin (that horrible team with no quality wins) beats Arkansas.

Which conference is better again?

ChrTh said...

Hey, just wanted to let everybody know that the Rose Bowl is on, since ABC and ESPN did a really lousy job in promoting it.

mirthywvu said...

ahhhh, piece of cake, WVU victory, haha. It's going to be another fun year next season and if that D can get a little better, it'll be even more fun. Now it's time for my 11-1 bball team, it's college basketball season now!

Big East 3-0 so far!

Mark said...

And...the Big 10 seems like it was vastly underrated. That, or Tennessee and Arkansas just had really bad games today.

And where the hell was that Lions team all year?

Jason (East Lansing) said...

I'm holding out hope for the Big Ten finishing 1, 2, 3 in the polls.

Jeff said...

" And where the hell was that Lions team all year? "

Believe it or not, disregarding a few games, that is the Lions team that has been around all year. Just this time they didn't blow the lead in the fourth.

Michael said...

Good point! Anyone know how many losses the Lions had where they were leading in the 4th quarter or had the ball at the end of the game with the opportunity to win?

ChrTh said...

I feel something ... a presence I haven't felt in a long time ...

Good lord, it's optimistic Detroit Lions fans! Well there's only one way to deal with this ...

Matt Millen isn't going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

The replay officials got it wrong. The ball was loose and on its way out when Jarrett's knee hit the ground

Biebs said...

wow... 6 inches and that would have been game over.

Ma4tt (the 4 is silent) said...

I was up in NH all weekend, visiting a friend who doesn't have cable & has a terrible internet connection. Essentially, I was cut off from the world from 2pm Friday until just now.

Darrent... Williams.... killed???

I'd like to see a thread dedicated exclusively to athletes and their terrible, terrible lifestyle decisions. Maybe it could be a running blog over 2007, somehow. It's getting out of control, and it's devastating.

I'm a Steelers fan, and never have really cared for the Broncos... and really, all I know about Darrent Williams was that he was young, and susceptible to double moves, but an up-and-coming corner on a very good defense. From what I've read in the last 15 minutes, he was a good kid, too. All I can sit here and do is think about him, and others like him who made seemingly one-time terrible decisions. Len Bias comes to mind.

Anyway, enough weepy shit. Just thought I'd throw that idea out there - not tracking bad decisions for the sake of mocking them, but for the sake of making a difference somehow.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

All I can sit here and do is think about him, and others like him who made seemingly one-time terrible decisions.

Do we know that he did make a terrible decision? I really haven't read a lot about it--just wondering.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

OK, Dwayne Jarrett is kind of a punk, but someone needs to get Musberger a stress ball to squeeze.

Jason (East Lansing) said...

Yeah, forget about that 1-2-3 thing

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

It's clear now. There is only one real conference: the Pac-10.

ChrTh said...

Y'all do realize what this means, right?

The BCS worked.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

The BCS worked.

Only if UF doesn't get blown out. I don't think they will, but if they do... well, then I guess that would just prove that there really was no good choice to face OSU.

Geoff-Detroit said...

I don't think it proved that the BCS worked. I think it proved that USC is the #2 team in the country and they don't get a chance to show it against OSU.

Horatio said...

GREATEST GAME OF 07!!!! BOISE STATE WINS!!!!!!!

GREATEST SPORTING MOMENT OF THE YEAR!!! (helped by year only being 24 hours old)

WOW WHAT A GAME

HOOK AND LADDER AND STATUE OF LIBERTY!!!!

chipp said...

AGREED! AGREED!

rafael said...

2 loss teams don't deserve shit. Especially not a shot at the national title.

If such a thing were to occur, it would only be under a playoff.
'and the whole season is a playoff' remember?

Vince said...

hey daveg...

Those people realize that Boise State will be blown out by Oklahoma because they do not belong with the big schools.

How does that taste? Bitter?