This was one of those mornings where you could pick from 3-4 top stories, any one of which would have made for an incredibly strong discussion:
*Pete Carroll leaving USC for the Seahawks, which both signals the erosion of Troy as well as the ascension of Seattle as an intriguing NFL franchise.
*The Patriots getting clobbered, which either signals some sort of painful interregnum of The Dynasty -- or simply its end.
*Kansas losing to Tennessee, not just on its face but for its conditions -- UT playing six scholarship players, on the heels of a terrible team scandal.
*Derek Jeter is getting married to Minka Kelly on November 5! (Ugh...)
But, no: "51-45" -- my favorite of the shorthands for the game -- trumps all of those, both for the insanity of the scoring and the individual performances and the moment it happened -- not just the playoffs, but 7/8 of the way through a remarkably lame Wild Card weekend.
The rest of the NFL playoffs will be hard-pressed to match Cards-Packers, but now that we've excised the unworthy, the prospect of any of the 4 "Top 2" seeds in either conference losing should be more than enough to provide drama.
Complete SN column here, putting it all into perspective. More later.