Missouri – Breaking UGA’s home winning streak was big. Getting a big win against a division leader is huge. Losing Franklin at QB, unfortunately may be even bigger. But to go into Athens and come out on top in a game where it was a 2 point game and you lost your QB is really impressive. And to all of the UGA fans who are saying that MU beat your JV because of injuries… I really don’t think you guys gave much “understanding” to MU last year when they were depleted by injury, so you don’t get to cherry-pick when that logic applies. And I think many folks have been saying (since they joined the league) that MU couldn’t beat your JV and didn’t belong in the SEC either, so that also doesn’t seem to hold water. (Best picture of the weekend… Note how quickly MU alum Max Scherzer was able to get the game score on his shirt!! This is the same day…)
The ACC – It’s been a long road back to respectability, but with 3 teams in the Top 10 (and 4 2014 teams in the Top 10…counting Louisville) the conference is definitely seeing a resurgence. And there will be no better showcase than Clemson vs. FSU this week.
Boston – New Englanders were only a few minutes from having a bad day of epic proportions (think Atlanta last Monday), when all of a sudden the heroes of years gone by rose up again and flipped to script to be one of the best sports days ever in Boston. Tom Brady’s last minute drive was a classic Tom Brady performance. David Ortiz’s 8th inning game-tying grand slam was vintage Red Sox from ’03 & ’07.
Side Note – I didn’t know if it was in The Rising, The Fallen, or the Holy Cow, but Torii Hunter’s near rob of Papi’s slam was probably the greatest almost-catch I’ve seen and if his glove was 1 inch longer, would have been the greatest catch ever (given the context of the postseason, robbing a game tying grand slam, and flying over the wall, etc.). Here are a couple of angles for you to appreciate.
Bob Sutton – Who?! Yeah, that’s what a lot of people say…even in Kansas City. For those who don’t know, he’s the new defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs who has this defense playing some insane football. For reference:
- The Chiefs have 9 more sacks than the 2nd best team in the NFL
- The Chiefs have more passes defended than any team in the NFL
- The Chiefs are tied with the most interceptions in the NFL
- The Chiefs are tied with the most defensive TD’s in the NFL
- The Chiefs are tied with the most fumble recoveries in the NFL
- The Chiefs have the fewest points allowed per game
Yes, the Chiefs have had one of the easier schedules in the league, but based on the outcomes of plenty of other games this season, that doesn’t guarantee this sort of performance. Kudos to Bob. Keep up the good work.
We are the Fallen
Houston Texans – Don’t worry Texans fans… last year the Chiefs players were irate at fans cheering Cassel’s injury, but they will forgive you if you help get a new coach, GM, and QB and turn around your fortunes. Just look at the love the fans got yesterday (as they broke the record for loudest stadium and caused multiple penalties on the Raiders)!
The Big X+II & Big X-II – After Oklahoma’s embarrassing loss to Texas the Big X-II’s highest ranked team is 12th. After a GREAT game in Happy Valley the Big X+II is left with only 2 teams in the Top 25 and one is #25. I feel like these conferences will only restore order when they abandon the silliness of having a number in their name that doesn’t correlate to anything.
Cinderella – Any hopes of a surprise World Series champion has been flushed down the toilet. It was a good run by Pittsburgh and Oakland, but just not enough.
The New York Giants – The Giants are 0-6 and showed less fight this past week than the other winless teams Jacksonville (who shockingly weren’t completely embarrassed in Denver) and Tampa Bay (who rode their new QB to a near victory against Arizona). But for all of those calling for Eli’s benching, please use your head. He has 2 rings for a reason. He will fix it (other than his terrible line… he can’t fix that). And your backups are Nassib and Painter. Please check your insanity at the door.
Friday’s news of the abuse related death of Adrian Peterson’s 2 year old son caused me to have a very visceral reaction. As a father of 3 young children, it simply infuriates me. There is nothing that a 2 year old can do to merit 1/100th of what that child went through. The sad truth though is that the story isn’t unique. It’s a story that takes place all over this country far too frequently and doesn’t inspire the outrage that it is worthy of until it hits a high-profile person. I simply hope that this helps in some way to stop this from happening to even 1 child in the future and that this story will not fall away after 24-48 hours like so many do. Our thoughts and prayers are with Adrian. The fitting final word on this was from Adrian Peterson himself yesterday, “…we mourn and grieve, but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace. I’m still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.”