So, the regular season in the NFL has come to a close. My Patriots completed the season with a perfect record, 16-0, and now have a first-round bye in the playoffs. Honestly, I am torn on whether or not I think that’s a good thing. I think momentum is huge, especially with a team built like they are. But given the collective age of that defense, a brief respite might not be a bad thing. Knowing Belichick, (because I know him well, don’t you know) he’ll have them convinced by next Sunday that they’re the underdog by 20 points, regardless of who the opponent is, so I hope we’re ok on this. The perfect regular season is great, but to truly accomplish what the Pats are going for, we need to remove the word “regular” from that description.
The Cowboys also have a first-round playoff bye, and with them, that’s definitely a good thing. Romo is still off his game, TO is hurt, Terry Glenn left the game after 1 play yesterday, and they do not look like themselves. This could be the best possible scenario. Now all the analysts are commenting on how the NFC is wide open again, whereas before the the chatter was on whether Dallas fans were booking first class or coach tickets to Arizona in February. Some of that goes to your head unless you have a super-genius coach like Belichick, which Wade Phillips is not.
I know I shouldn’t put this in print, for fear the local Dallas sporting nation will hunt me down, but I’m actually glad the Boys lost yesterday. I know we never want to lose to the Redskins but the game meant nothing to Dallas, unless you count momentum. But it meant everything in the world to a Redskins team still coping with the loss of Sean Taylor. It’s been pointed out that the Skins margin of victory last night was 21 points, Taylor’s old number. I love that the team was galvanized by this tragic shooting and frankly I would actually root for them to go far in the playoffs. Let’s leave it at that…
My condolences go out to the Cleveland Browns fans, though they should be quite proud of the 10-win season they pieced together. They didn’t even need the proverbial two hands and a flashlight! They won most of the games they were supposed to win and looked pretty sharp with Anderson taking the snaps. We’ll see what next season holds for them but they and their fan base should not be disappointed for long about missing the playoffs. Take solace in knowing that the Titans will get man-handled by the Chargers in the first round and that will be that. And honestly, that probably would happen to Cleveland as well, so we’re talking about 1 extra game, really.
Hey, we even had Brett Favre high-fiving the ref in his game yesterday. Surprised he didn’t get fined for a brutal attack on the officiating crew…
You know the greatest thing about the holidays, besides the whole togetherness, love your fellow man feeling? The fact that there’s football on almost every single day. The college bowl season is helping to make me forget that I don’t have any pro football on until Saturday. That truly makes this the most wonderful time of the year.
So that’s a wrap on the Sports Girl Blog for 2007. Look for some discussion of the Rich Rodriguez hiring at Michigan in 2008. Peace, love and Patriots my dear readers!