I know that to fans, every game is a big deal, but what did yesterday’s game really mean? To me, not much. I will say, I was as surprised as anyone at the way the Giants ran all over the Ravens in the first half. (In the long run, I think that will help the team. Sometimes being humbled is good. The second half looked immediately different.) Beyond that, what did this game tell me that I already didn’t know?
The Giants are an elite team in this league. The Ravens are not. When teams who are pretty good, go on the road to take on elite teams, they lose. So, how many elite teams are there in this league? Maybe two? OK, against everyone else, the Ravens can compete. This is not a Super Bowl team. We all know that. They could still be a surprise playoff team. How they play against the Eagles, Redskins and Cowboys will mean a lot more than yesterday’s game did.
Now, on to the world of commentators. I know these guys say stupid things all the time, but there were a few that I just couldn’t ignore.
Tim Brando: Doing CBS’s college halftime show, this veteran broadcaster went over what could turn out to be an extremely unique situation in the Big 12 South. If Oklahoma beats Texas Tech, then the top three teams in that division (Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Texas) will all have one loss. No direct tie-breaker will work since they all beat each other in a round-robin kind of way, so how does the Big 12 decide who goes to the conference championship game in such a dilemma? They use the highest ranked team in the BCS standings. What does Brando the genius do? He blames the BCS. Sure, why not? If it’s college football and something isn’t perfect, blame the BCS. Heck, let’s not stop there. I’m sure the BCS is responsible for the economy, Bush’s approval rating, and the genocide in Darfur. I mean really, to blame the BCS for the way the Big 12 handles their own conference championship is absurd.
Steve Beuerlein: Somehow, this guy played four years at Notre Dame and abut 20 in the NFL and doesn’t know the general rules of football. After Navy was called for an illegal formation, he actually said that they had “too many men on the line of scrimmage.” You say you’ve never heard that called before. That’s because it never has been called before. You can’t have too many men on the line of scrimmage. You can have not enough, namely six or less, but not too many. The rule states that you must have at least seven men on the line. You can have eight, nine, or ten. Simply rules of geometry say you can’t have all eleven because you would then have no one to snap the ball to, but I guess in a technical sense, if you wanted to take a safety and snap the ball out of the back of the end zone, you could probably put all eleven. However, to say that you needed to have exactly seven on the line and four in the backfield, as Mr. Beuerlein stated, is absolutely wrong. (EDITORS NOTE) When I wrote this, it was late Sunday night, and I was unaware that Donovan McNabb didn’t know there were ties in the NFL. I’m so stunned I don’t know what to say. While Beuerlein should still be scolded for his lack of knowledge, he looks like Albert Einstein compared to Mr. McNabb.
Lou Holtz: I know that Notre Dame people worship this guy, and he pretends to still love the Irish, but I think there’s one thing that Lou Holtz loves and that’s the legacy of Lou Holtz. Did you know that he predicted Notre Dame would go 11-1 this year, with their only loss to USC? Remember, a year ago, this team was dreadful. Now, this season, he had Irish fans thinking they could, or should compete for a national title. I don’t think he was being supportive of optimistic. I think he was putting the screws to Charlie Weiss. Notre Dame fans believe everything St. Lou says, and if he said that this team should have won 11 games and they only end up winning 6, fans will think Charlie Weiss must not be a very good coach. Maybe time will tell that Charlie isn’t as good as everyone once thought, but he doesn’t need Captain Lou getting the inmates all riled up over an illusion.
Finally, what happened to the national love fest for Aaron Rodgers? He had a big game yesterday, but still. I said all along that Green Bay should have welcomed Brett Farve back with open arms, and taken the “we’ve moved on” mantra and shoved it up their backsides. Well, they didn’t, and for the first few weeks of the season, everyone in the media loved Aaron Rodgers and the entire Packers organization. Now, do you know who loves the Packers organization? Jets fans! Brett will be back in the playoffs, and it could be a quiet January for Wisconsin. The Packers are lucky their division is bad, so they still have a shot, but wouldn’t you like their chances a little better if #4 was still taking the snaps.
That’s all for now. Even though this blog was entirely about football I’m sure I will get a bunch of responses about a certain baseball player. All I can say is that an announcement is immenent. Other than that, my lips are sealed.