*And just a note worth mentioning even though god for bid I hope it won't happen. With the NC State Wolfpack prying Paul Johnson away from Navy to be their head coach, it means the Midshipmen have an opening. Hmm...can I think of a guy who has achieved everything possible in the NFL and would consider following his father as Navy head coach? That's right Pats fans, none other than Bill Belichick. Hopefully Navy fills the job soon and we can all stop holding our collective breath. But, if that job stays vacant into the NFL off-season, I'm not gonna lie, I'll be a little nervous.
Next Week @ Miami Dolphins (5-7) <----sneaky bastards
NFL News and Notes
*I don't read newspapers from the Chicago metro area, but if the headline "Gross-Man!" wasn't used, then someone should slap Jay Mariotti like the smug little journalistic prostitute that he is. When your QB sports a rating of 1.3 in a victory, and his name has the words "gross" and "man" in it, it should make every sports editor's job a little easier. I'll tell you whose job it doesn't make easier though and that's Lovie Smith. Everyone is calling for Brian Greise to replace Rex and some are even calling for (I never thought I'd say this) last year's QB Kyle Orton. But Lovie says his team is 10-2 and he doesn't see a reason to change this far into a season. While I have to agree with team chemistry being important at this point of the season, I'd have to say having an effective QB is more important. The Bears have arguably the best defense in the league, yet they sit behind the Colts, Pats, Cowboys, Chargers and Ravens in the line for Super Bowl favorites. Why? Because Rex is awful. Lovie may be right. The Bears might be good with Rex for the rest of the regular season, but when they go one and done in the playoffs again, who is going to take most of the blame? Do yourself a favor Lovie, put in Greise now. Save your fans, and save your Super Bowl hopes.
2006 Season: 39-34-6 (.532)
*I have to give props to Page 2's Bill Simmons. Right after making my picks this week I read his picks and noticed he picked against the KC Chiefs. His reasoning? Well let's see. A Herm Edwards team was on a roll. Need I say more? Shouldn't I have known that Herm was eventually going to ruin a good thing against a bad team like the Browns? Yes I should have. Shame on me. I deserve all the losses I get when I make irrational picks like that. Screw you Herm.
I don't see the big deal. The number 1 and 2 teams in the polls won, so they meet for the National Title right? Oh, wait. That was in my poll. So sue me. I happen to think the BCS got the match up right. Florida won the toughest conference in the country, so they deserve a shot at Ohio St. But what message is the BCS sending? Did the swing in support for Florida come because people didn't want to see a rematch? Or was it that with their win over Arkansas, the Gators proved they were more worthy than Michigan? I say it's a combination of the Florida win, the fear of a rematch and the fact that Michigan hadn't played in a few weeks. The real question is, would Florida have jumped Michigan if USC had won? That's the real mystery here. It seems obvious to me that the voters decided that they were going to bump Florida ahead simply to avoid a rematch, which isn't how the system is supposed to work. But let's not even get into the "playoff" argument right now. Instead, let's look forward to bowl season....about a month from now. So here are the BCS match ups for the '07 bowl season. Believe me, I think all but one of these games is bogus, but seeing as we have a month to wait for them, you will also have to wait to see which one I think is legit...
BCS Championship: Ohio St. (12-0) vs Florida (11-1)
Fiesta Bowl: Boise St. (12-0) vs Oklahoma (11-2)
Rose Bowl: USC (10-2) vs Michigan (11-1)
Sugar Bowl: LSU (10-2) vs Notre Dame (10-2)
Orange Bowl: Wake Forest (11-2) vs Louisville (11-1)
just missed: Wichita St., Butler, LSU, UCONN, Gonzaga, OK State
*There's 3 major issues on the hot stove for Red Sox fans during these winter meetings. The perennial, "What's the deal with Manny?" The, "What's the deal with that Japanese dude we paid an ass load of money to talk to?". And lastly, "It's not true that we are really signing JD Drew is it?...Is it?". So, what's the deal with Manny? If Manny knew, then I might have a shot at guessing, but I don't think he even knows. I've heard trade rumors all over the map, so to even speculate at this point would make me dizzy. But let's just say (again) that Manny will likely be traded. I'll deal more with that when and if it actually happens. As for Japanese import Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox have about 9 days left to negotiate a deal or else back to Japan for the Dais-Man. They should get a deal done, but with the inflation of pitching contracts over here in the states, they may end up paying a lot more than they wanted. But it's only money right? And as for Nancy Drew? I pray every day that all the rumors aren't true, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Hey I did my part by signing the petition to try and keep that fool out of town, but it didn't seem to do much. Get used to him in the OF Sox fans, and get used to the WEEI callers constantly comparing his production/salary ratio to that of another JD that recently left for the Bronx. Boooooo Drewwwwww.
*I'm sayin it hear right now to end all speculation. If the awful rumor I heard was true, then the Red Sox have possible interest in Barry Bonds should Manny move onto greener pastures with better outfield "facilities". Should Barry come to the Bean, make no mistake about it, I will forfeit my support for the Boston Red Sox. Simply put, they will have become everything that is wrong with baseball, in essence, the Yankees. I will then use the 2007 season to chose a new team to throw my loyalties too, and I already have a few in mind but I will keep them to myself for now.
*Oh and just one final Sox note. It appears as though former beloved dirt dog Trot Nixon will end up playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. As much as I felt Nixon underperformed while in Boston, I must say that he deserves a much better fate than that. He may have never lived up to lofty expectations in the Bean, but I'll be damned if that guy didn't give 100% on every play. And I know that's cliche to say, but that guy truly looked like he was having fun and he was giving it his all. I won't lie and say I'm going to miss his production, but I will miss his spirit, will to win and his constantly dirty cap. I just plead to the rest of the league...SOMEBODY PLEASE PICK HIM UP SO HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PLAY FOR THE PIRATES!! Hell, I think if that's the only offer he gets, the Sox should ask if he wants to play for Pawtucket. I'd take that over dirty, coal mining, inbreeding western PA any day. That's right, I just chose the "Bucket" over somewhere that isn't a prison, dungeon, downtown Syracuse or Guantanamo Bay.
Big Mac on Cooperstown Menu?
I didn't get to touch on this last week when the Hall of Fame class of 2007 was announced, so I figured I should hit on it this week. Plain and simple, I would vote for Mark McGwire for the Hall of Fame. Yea, I'm pretty sure he used roids, and yea I'm pretty sure he lied to Congress, but what does that mean? I look at it this way. The baseball writers knew that Mark was juicing, and chose not to expose him. So now the writers are voting for the Hall of Fame. They allowed this guy's career to flourish, but now they don't want to let him in because it looks like he was probably a cheater? Get over yourselves. You can't have it both ways. You guys chose not to out him when he was playing, and MLB chose not to test for roids while he was playing. They created the environment, and he thrived in it. I don't care for the man for what he did, but I can't say I blame him. Until the writers and the league have enough balls to admit that they were just as guilty in the steroid era as the players, then the players of the "Artificial Age" will have trouble getting in the Hall. Why? Because with each Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa plaque hung in Cooperstown, it will just be a stinging reminder to baseball purists about the era in which they let money and popularity trump "the good of the game", and I don't think they can handle that. At least not yet...
*It took 4 straight wins for me to move from 10th to 6th, but only one loss to send me right back there. I suppose if you predict your own demise often enough, it's sure to happen. Like I predicted, my team came almost all the way back, only to lose on the final week of the season and miss the playoffs, courtesy of a tiebreaker. Oh well, now I can become immersed in college hoops to the point where I go absolutely insane second guessing myself to death come March. Money in the bank!