Divisional Playoffs Blogging
Wow, what a great weekend. 3 of the 4 teams in the conference championships are sctually likable, while the most loathsome franchise in sports went down to ignominious defeat, and Tony Romo cemented his reputation as a choke-artist. What do you suppose the over/under on how long it takes TO to start attacking his coaches and teammates publicly?
The dark cloud on the horizon, of course, is the inevitable perfect season and superbowl championship of the second most loathsome franchise in sports. The Jaguars were able to shut down Randy Moss --- at the cost of an anemic pass rush and enabling Brady to pick them apart with everything else he had at his disposal. What might a winning strategy against the Patriots look like? Another way of asking this is, is there any plausible scenario in which the Patriots don't win everything?
Also, happy as I am with the Giants winning, it's time to stop defining successful quarterbacking down for Eli Manning. Throwing 12/18 for 173 yds and 2 touchdowns may yield a respectable QB rating --- which just goes to show that the rating algorithm is imperfect --- but all it indicates is competent game management.
UPDATE: Jesus, TO had a Hillary Clinton moment in the post-game presser, weeping at perceived press criticism of "my quarterback."