Well, the first game of the second round of the NFL playoffs is over and I am one for one. Maybe I will do better picking winners this week. The Seahawks vs the Saints was freaking ugly. I realize the weather was terrible, but the Seahawks had many chances to put the game away in the first half and they never did it. The Seahawks’ Offense looks out of sync. In the second to last game of the season, the Cardinals turned the ball over four times and the Seahawks were only able to score ten points. This Seahawks team does not look as ominous as they once did. If I were the NFC teams playing in tomorrow’s game, I would feel really good about my chances in a Conference Championship game. I will comment on the other three games in my next blog.
Here’s something to think about. Mrs. Sport and I love to make bets this time of year on what may and may not happen in sports this year. Here’s two we have already bet on.
1. Will Roger Federer win a grand slam event this year?
2. Will Tiger Wood win a major this Year? What do you think?
There’s a old joke from the time when Bear Bryant died and told often by a close friend of mine. A man asks God why the Tide ran a certain play and the punchline is God saying “I don’t know. Bear, why’d we run right?” Mr. Sports and I use this punchline now for all those times when you’ve made a pick or a decision and it turns out to be ill-advised and stupid. Let me just take a moment to say “Bear, why’d I pick the Colts?”
So far the playoff games have gone totally according to the expected outcomes. I don’t know why I persist in believing that somehow Tom Brady won’t pull it out in the end. Andrew Luck will be an amazing QB in the future, but against Mr. Brady, the dye was cast. I allowed last week’s amazing win over the Chiefs to persuade me that the Colts had turned things around. Watch out next year, because Ridley is going to join Edelman in the most amazingly resilient offense in the NFL.
Oh, and by the way, Mr. Sports answers to the above questions were 1 – Yes, and 2 – Yes. The more cynical in me says 1 – No, and 2 – No.