Friday, January 11, 2013

There's football this weekend! And it just might be interesting!

Ladies and gentlemen, if you're like me -- and if you're lucky, you are -- you love playoff football. In fact, when the Giants decided to go belly up for no real reason whatsoever this December, part of me was mildly comforted because I was free to watch the NFL playoffs without anxiety or agita. I was simply going to get to sit back and watch some top-tier football for the sheer enjoyment of it. This is a phenomenon I first realized back in 2011 when the Devils, enduring their worst season in nearly two decades, missed the playoffs for the first time since I was just hitting puberty, and I realized that watching your team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is more angst-inducing than fun. Who knew?

However, for me to enjoy this peculiar phenomenon, there is one odd quirk that has to come through for me.  The games actually have to be good.

Last weekend, the NFL kind of came up short on this one. The Packers romped over the Vikings in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate -- though it did feature some hilarious Joe Webb pseudo passes -- the Ravens made relatively quick work of the Colts while ESPN and CBS tried desperately to sell the angle of it being Ray Lewis' last game in Baltimore and then there was the Texans and Bengals. In the game that seemed the closest matchup of the week, Houston got past Cincinnati in a game that was somehow amazingly uninteresting to watch despite being a one-score game in the final two minutes. Perhaps it was the fact that neither team is particularly sexy, interesting or a traditionally beloved franchise on par with, say, Green Bay, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, but good lord, how was this game so boring? I don't get it.

Yes, I acknowledge that the Seattle-Washington game which wrapped up the weekend was actually not half bad since it did include a double-digit comeback. After the first quarter, however, Washington looked about as lively as Stephen Hawking at a funeral and by the time the game was over the Seahawks had opened up a 10-point lead and people were less interested in who was playing than who wasn't.

So yeah, that was probably the worst opening weekend of playoff football in a long time, so if I'm going to convince myself that watching these games is worthwhile when the Giants aren't playing in any of them, the NFL is going to have to do better. Fortuantely for all of us, I think they're about to this weekend. Yes, as much as I don't really like some of the teams playing (Baltimore, New England) and don't really have an opinion one way or the other about the rest of them, there isn't one matchup this weekend that looks like a dud to me.

To wit: the Saturday 4:30 p.m. slot features Peyton Manning's surprisingly good Denver Broncos as he comes back to the playoffs against the Ravens in what might be Ray Lewis' last game ever, Saturday night features a game between San Francisco and Green Bay, two popular preseason Super Bowl picks that have a bit of a playoff history, Sunday afternoon we'll see the NFC's top seed (Atlanta) host a team that might actually have been the best one in football over the last month (Seattle), and then the Texans look to upset the team everyone loves to hate because they have a coach that actually understands the evolution of the game and stastical probability.

I'm almost giddy.

So basically, I expect this weekend's football to be wildly more entertaining than last weekend because there's really no other option. Last week was a dude. This week shouldn't be. It has star power, schematically intriguing matchups and pairings of teams that are iconic NFL franchises. What more could we want than that?

Well, I guess the Giants in the playoffs would be a start. But for now, I'll take what I can get.

AFC Divisional Playoffs
(4) Baltimore (+10) over (1) DENVER -- Broncos win, Ravens cover
(3) Houston (+10) over (2) NEW ENGLAND -- Pats win, Texans cover, I hope I'm wrong

NFC Divisional Playoffs
(2) SAN FRANCISCO (-3) over (3) Green Bay
(1) ATLANTA (-1) over (5) Seattle


  1. Wonderful post! We are linking to this great article on our website.
    Keep up the great writing.

    my site ::

  2. I'm extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

    My web-site;

  3. Wonderful web site. Lots of useful info here.
    I'm sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you in your sweat!

    Also visit my weblog :: in cam Joyeusse

  4. Great article.

    My webpage - Visit

  5. Link exchange is nothing else but it is just placing the other
    person's web site link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do similar in favor of you.

    Have a look at my weblog; shannon

  6. Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing.
    The clarity for your submit is simply spectacular and that i could suppose
    you are knowledgeable on this subject. Fine along with your
    permission let me to take hold of your RSS feed to stay updated with forthcoming post.
    Thanks 1,000,000 and please continue the gratifying work.

    my web-site :: Click here

  7. Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the net the easiest
    thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly
    get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don't know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    my blog post

  8. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I've really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    Feel free to surf to my website - just click the next site

  9. You could definitely see your expertise within the
    work you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    All the time follow your heart.

    my site; click here

  10. This is really interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I've
    joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post.

    Also, I've shared your site in my social networks!

    Look into my web page - tiny latina sucks and fucks like a professional

  11. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am truly pleassant to read all at one place.

    Look into my page: Click Here

  12. It's awesome to go to see this web page and reading the views of all friends about this post, while I am also eager of getting know-how.

    Here is my web-site ... visit

  13. I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such
    clever work and coverage! Keep up the great works guys
    I've included you guys to blogroll.

    Here is my web page :: get redirected here

  14. Does your site have a contact page? I'm having trouble locating it but, I'd like
    to send you an e-mail. I've got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

    Also visit my website; he has A good point

  15. I hardly leave a response, however i did some searching and wound up here "There's football this weekend! And it just might be interesting!".
    And I do have a couple of questions for you
    if you do not mind. Is it just me or does it look
    like some of these remarks appear like coming from brain dead individuals?
    :-P And, if you are posting at other sites, I would like to follow everything fresh you have to post.
    Could you make a list of the complete urls of your
    communal pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Here is my weblog: