At the start of the season, who would have thought the SEC Championship would be an all Tiger affair? I thought it would be Carolina and Bama, and it almost was, so I a least got the semi-finals right…. Who is going to win on Saturday? Let's look at the intangibles, since both teams are talented on both sides of the ball so that's a tossup.
It was once said everything changes. Nothing stays the same. No truer words have ever been spoken after what I saw last Saturday in the SEC. Of course programs rise and fall, and the eternal cycle of what plays out before us changes every year, every class and every decade.
With Denver sitting on a 24-0 lead at halftime, it looked all over for the New England Patriots. By the time regulation ended, we had been treated to another great Manning-Brady showdown, one worthy of any of their better clashes. This one wasn't mostly about the quarterbacks, though – the Patriots drove themselves into a deep hole early via fumble problems, putting the ball on the turf five times, losing three of them, and basically spotting Peyton Manning and the Broncos a 17-0 lead.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its list of 25 semifinalists, which will be cut down to 15 in January before up to five names from this list will get measured for tacky golden jackets. Here's a quick and dirty power ranking of the 25 nominees.
Late in the Saints victory over the 49ers, New Orleans was driving in an attempt to score a game-tying field goal.They were just over midfield when Ahmad Brooks came off the corner and obliterated Drew Brees, knocking the ball loose for a 49ers recovery.
Fan of a team that looks hopeless at this point? Have no fear – even teams sitting at the bottom of the standings still have a chance to make the playoffs. Don’t believe me? Here’s a look at how even the 3-7 Bills could still realistically find their way in the postseason, just for an example.
Gee, you talk about a mismatch, you had one in Oxford Saturday. Ole Miss racked up 751 yards. 751! That's like walking from Oxford to the other Oxford, in England, and back like 52 times. And Troy? They ended up with -13 yards rushing. That's like walking backwards into your ottoman and busting your ass. And it looks just as silly.
For the first time since they played their very first game against each other in 1945, Vanderbilt beat Florida in Gainesville and it wasn't even close. I don't think the Gators have quit on Coach Muschamp, but you cannot win too many games in any conference with a slew of injuries that have mounted up on both sides of the ball.
Parity. Bud Selig has called it his wet dream (well, not literally). David Stern swears by it. The NFL embodies it. Some call it a positive and it is, to a degree. But has football gone too far?
With half of the NFL season over, it's time to take a quick look around the league for a potential all-pro team. This early in the season, all spots are still up for grabs, so rather than a full in-depth look, here's just a quick wrap-around to each position.
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