Written by Max Bricker
Normally this segment is called NFL Updates, but college football needs to be covered as well. I will start by covering the college bowl games first, so we can speed through to get to the topic that is truly important: NFL playoffs.
-There is a reason that the attendance at bowl games are at record lows: the games are terrible. Agree or disagree, you must realize that the college bowl system is screwed up and is ruining the sport. I have seen a total of TWO really good games- the incredible last-minute comeback win for Arizona over Nevada, and the dramatic ending featuring Cincinnati and Duke. Bowl games simply are not entertaining, and I do not take time out of my schedule to watch them. First off, there are way too many bowls. There are 35 games this year; that is about 20 too many. Why should teams that barely scraped by to a 6-6 record be rewarded by playing in a bowl game? I thought that bowl games were only meant for the best of the best in college football, not for everyone who gives a good effort. I thought it was college football, but it seems more like recreational swimming, where even the kids who suck receive “participation” ribbons so they feel special.
-To be honest, I am not even excited for the BCS games. I apologize, but I refuse to cover BCS games that feature un-heard-of Northern Illinois and un-ranked Wisconsin, who’s coach already left for another team. The system makes no sense to me- #16 Northern Illinois and Wisconsin are playing in games like the Rose Bowl, while #9 Texas A&M (with the Heisman winner) plays in a non-BCS game. The only game that really matters is the BCS Championship game. So much is at stake for the two teams- Notre Dame can prove the season was not a fluke and prove their legitimacy, and Alabama can be the early team of the decade. That game will be hyped and covered here at The Penthouse, but the other games will be put on the back-burner.
-Finally, we can get to the thing that matters: NFL. The MLB playoffs and March Madness may have a better playoff system, but NFL playoff games are as intense as anything I have ever seen. First, here are some things going on around the league:
-As of now, 7 head coaches have been canned. Today is the infamous black monday, and this black monday has as many casualties as ever. Some casualties were expected and have been coming for several months now. Lovie Smith was fired? That has to be the most surprising of the bunch. You have to feel sorry for Lovie, just his first name makes him sound like such a nice guy. Also, he has a QB who is a whiny baby and one of the more unliked players in the league… even by Bears fans.
-I feel sorry for no one more than Adrian Peterson. His team won and is in the playoffs, so he may say that is all that matters. However, he came just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s record! AP is the hardest working back in the league and should be the MVP, but I just wish he would have gotten that record. Now the Vikes face the Packers in back-to-back weeks as they play each other in the NFC Wild Card round, but this time on the Frozen Tundra.
-3 rookie quarterbacks led their teams into the playoffs, and all 3 teams are dangerous. The race for ROY may be closer than Trout v. Cabrera, but Russell Wilson deserves it. I am finally happy that Andrew Luck won a big game, as the Texans loss gave the Broncos home-field advantage and the #1 seed, after they beat the Chiefs 38-3. Peyton now has two weeks to pick apart the defense of the team they will face in the AFC Divisional round, and I hope you all remember my guarantee from a few days back (it will happen!).
-Here are the upcoming match-ups for next weekend:
Saturday: Bengals v. Texans, Vikings v. Packers
Sunday: Colts v. Ravens, Seahawks v. Redskins
-The most intriguing match-up has to be Seattle v. Washington. Not only do both teams have outstanding rookie QBs, these are the two hottest teams in the NFC.
-I will give predictions on all four match-ups later in the week, and I want you all to join me. Can you outpredict me? I have been known to be very close on my score predictions (Duke v. Ohio State), and I want to see who you guys think will win this weekend.
-Article Tomorrow: The new Showtime in Los Angeles, the smoking-hot Clippers.