Monday, December 1, 2008

The Week That Was

Hi, I am Plaxico Burress and I accidentally shot myself. I am likely done with the New York Giants as they have proven they don't need me. I played my butt off last year to get a contract extension, earned that extension and now have pissed it all away because I am an idiot.

The Giants decimated the Washington Redskins yesterday, like they have done to just about everyone save for the Cleveland Browns (what!?!??!). They are clearly the best team in football. It is funny listening to the talk in Washington the day after. People seem legitimately surprised that the Skins got the beat down. Maybe I expected them to put up a better fight but I never expected them to win this game. The only way the Giants won't repeat as Super Bowl champions is if Eli Manning morphs into bad Eli come playoff time. The Skins now face a must win game at Baltimore on Sunday night. They will have to create some turnovers on defense because I don't see the offense generating much on its own against the stout Ravens D.

The Minnesota Vikings crushed the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football to take sole possession of first place in the NFC North. RB Adrian Peterson shined bright in front of a national television audience. The biggest sequence in the game was the Vikings goal line stand when they trailed 7-3. Immediately after that QB Gus Frerotte hit WR Bernard Berrian for a 99 yard TD pass which proved to be a dagger. The Vikings face possible 4 game suspensions for Defensive Tackles Pat and Kevin Williams that could be handed down this week. That would be a huge blow for the Vikings so hopefully the NFL rules in favor of their appeal.

The Oklahoma Sooners leapfrogged the Texas Longhorns despite losing to them head to head and are now a win away from making the national championship game. The Longhorns got hosed but I am still not a proponent of a playoff in college football. I would be in favor of a plus one model where the top 4 teams as rated by the BCS would meet in bowl games and then the winners would play in the BCS Championship. There will be a de facto national semifinal game in the SEC Championship on Saturday when #1 Alabama meets # 4 Florida. There is a chance that Florida wouldn't jump Texas with a win but it isn't likely. Really looking forward to watching that game and I am not quite as sure as everyone else that Florida will beat the Crimson Tide.

Nebraska earned a tough, come from behind win against Colorado to finish the regular season 8-4 and in all likelihood earned themselves a Gator Bowl berth on New Year's Day. They may face Georgia Tech which could be downright scary, as the Yellow Jackets offense would probably shred the Cornhuskers defense. Notre Dame embarrassed themselves even further at USC, as they were unable to get a 1st down until the end of the 3rd quarter. They are looking at playing in the prestigious Sun Bowl or Texas Bowl, hopefully with an interim coach.

The #1 North Carolina Tar Heels won the Maui Invitational in convincing fashion and look like a team that could possibly go undefeated. They face Michigan State this week in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but Michigan State already got the beat down from sorry Maryland so that game doesn't look it will be the test for the Tar Heels that everyone was expecting. George Mason won both their games this week to improve to 5-1, a much better start for the team than I had envisioned.

Check back Wednesday for Cram Session and Thursday for The Hail Mary.

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