Next Week vs Detroit Lions (2-9) <----Brandon Jacob's thinks they "suck"
*Leave it to a Vick to give new meaning to the term "dirty bird" in the ATL. I just thought it would be Marcus, not Michael, flipping the bird to a slew of Falcon fans that were booing him as he left the field after Sunday's loss to the Saints. I figured the only time you would hear the word's "Vick" and "flip" in the same sentence would be when he was pulling unreal plays like the one on the right. Instead, after throwing up the two most insulting digits to the Falcon faithful, Vick is left to answer even more questions. Not only does the question still loom about whether or not he can be a pocket passer (only 9-24 for 89 yards on Sunday), but now he has to answer for his actions after the game, as well as his team's 4 straight losses and fall from playoff contention. Now there is talk that the Falcons should move Vick to a "slash" type position and give the reigns at QB to backup Matt Schaub. After all, every time Schaub comes in for Vick, it seems the entire league drools at what he could bring to the table if made a full time starter. But could Atlanta make that move without alienating Vick? Probably not. And even if they suspend him for his post-game actions, what if Schaub comes in and starts to win? Stay tuned for this one, cuz it's lookin' like things are just getting heated up in the dirty south.
*Could Bill Cowher possibly be leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers for, gulp, the NC State Wolfpack? Well that's certainly the buzz running through the grapevine. It's no secret that I have a serious distaste for Cowher, so needless to say I would love to see him exit the league. Also, I'd love to see how he fares in the ACC, seeing as I'm still under the impression that he's failed to live up to his reputation as an NFL coach and has repeatedly choked in big games. No matter how he does in the ACC, I do have to give him and the Steelers credit for making this look like he's leaving on his own terms and that all is good. Fact is, he may be coming off a Super Bowl win in '06, but that shouldn't erase in their minds all the AFC championship games he lost (2 to the Pats and one to the Chargers) and of course the Super Bowl loss to the Cowboys. Hey I'm not saying you have to win them all, but you should win more than you lose if you don't want to get the axe, no matter what the situation. I'm sure everyone in Pittsburgh is not only ready to start over, but is actually wishing they had a better coach the last decade in big games, rather than one that spent more time polishing his chin and kissing his players than game planning.
*Oh, and just in case anyone was wondering what former big mouth, mo-hawker and Eagle wide receiver Freddie Mitchell was up to these days. Check this out, he's a substitute teacher at an Indiana high school! Check it out at www.deadspin.com. Something tells me he's not teaching PE, because he can't catch. But that leaves me wondering, what the hell is that guy qualified to teach? I got it. He's teaching a course on how to quickly go from possible Super Bowl star, to eating pizza and nuggets at $2 a pop every weekday for the rest of your life. Good work Fred-Ex. You sure have delievered. Oh yea, and don't forget to "thank your hands" for slapping you out of the NFL and right into the PTA.
2006 Season: 37-31-5 (.541)
*Who would have thought that in a week where I picked the Cardinals and 49ers that it would have been the Chargers to cost me a perfect week? Oh well, at least I got a little more cushion between me and the Mendoza line. Five weeks left until the playoffs begin, so it's a good time to start turning things around. But hey, 5-1, Pats win, fantasy win. Can't ask for much more than that. But it's the holiday season, so I plan on asking for as much as I think I can possibly get!
Notre Dame, FRAUDS. Arkansas, FRAUDS. So now the real question. Who is #2? Well, it basically boils down to Florida and USC doesn't it? Michigan fans will argue that they beat ND just like the Trojans, and that USC's loss to Oregon St. is much worse than Michigan's to Ohio St. But I'm sorry Wolverine fans, the consensus is that nobody wants to see a rematch of your battle with the Buckeyes. So it comes down to this. After Arkansas losing this weekend, will a Florida victory be enough to propel them past USC in the BCS? And, if USC and Florida happen to lose their next games (USC playing UCLA), does Michigan get it's wish despite the guaranteed uproar should they win? I personally hope that's the case, simply because it will cause the BCS to yet again review and revise it's system. And you know that can only mean we are that much closer to a long proposed playoff system. For now that's still a dream, there's a still a lot of great football to be played before we have to start asking those questions. But hey, that doesn't mean I have to stop dreaming about a playoff does it?
College Football Top 10
Like I said before the season began, my top 10 is going to change drastically and frequently in the first few weeks while I have time to watch teams play and make my own judgements. I've never been a fan of pre-season polls to begin with. Who can tell how good a team is before they even take the floor? Not this guy that's for sure. So with all that being said, the most drastic change I made this week was probably leaving Florida at #1 despite their loss to Kansas in the Vegas Invitational final. Simple explanation: I want my poll to represent which teams I feel would have the best shot at winning the NCAA tourney if it started today. So, even though they lost to the Jayhawks, I can't deny the talent or experience of the Gators simply because of one 2 point loss. That being said, there was a considerable shake-up through the rest of the top 10, mostly due to the fact that I got to watch more and more of these teams. UNC and LSU haven't really impressed me in the early going, though I still like their talent, while Butler and Wichita St. have made it known that they just aren't March spoilers anymore. Perhaps the biggest news though has been the play of Ohio St., without arguably the biggest impact player in the country, 7-foot freshmen Greg Oden. Thad Motta knew he had a lot of talent in Columbus, but I bet he never thought he would have the Buckeyes thinking National title double dip as early as 2007. So here is the new top 10, but don't think the drastic changes have come to an end. With big time games like Ohio St./UNC and Syracuse/Wichita St. on tap for this week, there's bound to be another shakeup.
Big Games This Week