What an ugly week in the NFL. Just a single game was decided by less than a touchdown, the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. The only other “competitive” contests were the Green Bay Packers beating the Chicago Bears, 21-13, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates, and the San Francisco 49ers holding off the New England Patriots, 41-34, after blowing a 31-3 lead. The other margins of victory in Week 15 were 12, 14, 15, 17, 17, 21, 21, 24, 28, 33, 34 and 41. If you don’t play fantasy football or gamble, the games were unwatchable. Speaking of unwatchable, the NY Jets play at the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football!
CHEERS for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who ran 24 times for 212 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings beat up on the St. Louis Rams, 36-22. Not only did Peterson return ahead of schedule after surgery to repair his ACL and MCL last December, but he is leading the NFL in rushing with 1,812 yards. As if that wasn’t enough, if he runs for 294 yards in his last two games, he will break the league record of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984.
CHEERS for the Washington Redskins rookie QB not named Robert Griffin III. Drafted 100 picks after RGIII, Kirk Cousins saved the Redskins game against the Baltimore Ravens last week and torched the Cleveland Browns for 329 yards and two touchdowns this week. Washington’s 38-21 win was its fifth in a row, pushing them to the top of the NFC East because…
BOOS to NY Giants QB Manning the Eli, who threw an interception on his first pass of the day was ineffective all game long in a 34-0 blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It’s performances like this one that still have people questioning just how good Manning the Eli is despite two Super Bowl wins. Of course, it could’ve been worse…
BOOS to Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman, who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in a 41-0 drubbing by the New Orleans Saints. In the last four games, Freeman has completed just 77 of 150 passes with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Not surprisingly, the Bucs have lost all four games.
CHEERS for the Seattle Seahawks, who crushed the Buffalo Bills, 50-17. Combined with last week’s 58-0 pummeling of the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle outscored its last two opponents by 91 points, just shy of the record, 95, by the 1941 Chicago Bears. They also became just the third team in league history to score at least 50 points in back-to-back weeks.
BOOS to the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, who played one of the worst games in the history of professional football. Neither team scored a touchdown. Oakland kicked five field goals. Kansas City had 10 total rushing yards. In case you cared, the Raiders won, 15-0.
CHEERS for the Butler Bulldogs, knocking off #1 Indiana, 88-86 in overtime. A former walk-on, Alex Barlow, scored six points and made the winning shot with 2.4 seconds left. Barlow, a sophomore, had scored just 12 points all year and 18 in his career before his heroics. He went to Butler for one reason, to learn how to coach from Brad Stevens, the Bulldogs calm, cool and collected head coach, in stark contrast to…
BOOS to Rutgers University head coach Mike Rice, who was suspended by the school for three games after a school investigation revealed inappropriate behavior and abusive language used while interacting with players. Rice allegedly threw basketballs at players’ heads during an incident during his first or second season as coach, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. In addition to the suspension, Rice will undergo anger management classes and sensitivity training when he returns to work and an independent monitor will watch practices .
BOOS to Rutgers University for hiring the coaching maniac Rice, then suspending him for being a coaching maniac. The Scarlet Knights administration knew he screamed at and belittled his players, because he did it at Robert Morris during games. To act surprised that he’s doing it now at Rutgers is a joke.
CHEERS for the Palmer Coolum Resort golf course in Australia, which has a 26-foot mechanical T-Rex between the 9th green and 10th tee. The massive T-Rex is nicknamed “Jeff” and is activated by movement, flipping its tail and opening its mouth to unleash a menacing roar when anyone approaches. Golfers have been know to take “dinosaur mulligans” when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.
THERE IT IS!