Posted on: January 13, 2009 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2009 12:13 pm


1. The Toxic One is amazed at the number of people thinking that Arizona being one win from the Super Bowl is a good thing. You have got to be kidding me. The Super Bowl is supposed to be between the two best teams in the NFL. And the Cardinals are far from that. I know I have been a BCS-Basher since day one. I even called it the Bull Crap System. However, the Arizona Cardinals are the exact type of thing that BCS-supporters can point to and say, "this is why our system is better than the NFL playoffs." Because you will never see a college football team with 4 losses by 21 or more points be one win from the BCS Title Game.

2. The Red River Rivalry is alive and well. Not only do we have the controversy of this year's Big XII football season, but both the Sooners and 'Horns field ranked basketball teams. The 'Horns held a 6-game winning streak over the Sooners. Until last night. The hoops rivalry between these might not hold the same intensity as the gridiron rivalry does, but you can bet that those Sooner players enjoyed that win. And the 'Horns are sure to be itching for the rematch in Austin. ACC may be basketball country but the Big XII, with the defending national champions and three teams ranked in the Top 25, ain't doing too shabby there either.

3. It might have been a sympathy vote but he still deserved it! Jim Rice, on the ballot for the 15th and final time, finally got the call to Cooperstown. Jim Rice may not have been the most talented player to walk between those lines but he always played hard and the fans could count on Rice to show up and give them their money's worth. Something that can't always be said about today's players. Isn't that right, Manny? Even though they finally stopped being jerkwads and voted Rice in, these baseball writers still do need to be reminded that the Hall of Fame is about baseball, not about them! MLB has a lot of work to do, and cleaning out the voting privileges of morons who refuse to vote for the all-time base stealing champion simply because they refuse to vote for someone who is on the ballot for the first time is just stupid! Either he is or he isn't a Hall of Famer! Rickey Henderson is a Hall of Famer this year, next year and 20 years from now. Yet 28 ballots did not include his name. That's a joke!
Posted on: January 11, 2009 3:22 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2009 3:25 pm

Toxic Stew For the Week of January 4-10

This past week in the sports world was dominated by football talk as the BCS Title Game was played and the NFL playoffs got underway. Here is my take on the past week in sports:

1. Disputedly Undisputed. The Florida Gators captured the BCS Title with a win over Oklahoma and was also named the AP Champion. Undisputed champions? Don't tell people in Austin, Provo or Southern California that. Utah is the only unbeaten FBS school in the country and, since the regular season is "like a playoff", then that means the Utes went undefeated in "like a playoff" games. Texas beat OU by 10, the exact margin Florida beat them by. The Trojans one loss at Oregon State is equal in footing to Florida's home loss to Ole Miss. The only undisputed thing in this whole mess is that we all know they current system is flawed. As long as computer programs and voting booths determine how good a team is, the championship will be forever known as the mythical national championship. It will never be a true championship until it is decided by on the basis of on the field play alone! That being said, under the current system, the Florida Gators did what they had to do to become BCS Champions. And OU didn't. Bottom line for the Sooners: Two first and goal situations resulted in zero points. In a game decided by 10 points, you can only look back and those two missed opportunities and kick yourself for failing to capitalize. One of the most overused phrases in sports is "making plays". There are some players out there that think that catching a 6-yard out pass for a touchdown in a 31-10 game is "making plays". No. "Making plays" is throwing a running back for a loss on 4th and goal in a 7-7 ballgame in the BCS Title Game. And Florida made plays all game. The plays that determined who won.

2. The Toxic One is about to brag! When  it was determined that the Titans and Giants were the #1 seeds in the NFL playoffs, the Toxic One guaranteed that there would not be a Giants-Titans Super Bowl. The Toxic One even started a thread stating as much: http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12446537 The replies to the thread were insulting as the Toxic One was called the Village Idiot and, even worse, a Cowboys' fan. The replies are right there for you to read. Well, guess what! The Titans have been eliminated. Meaning there won't be a Titans-Giants Super Bowl. The Village Idiot was right! For all you out there who posted on that thread, allow me to pour you a nice big cup of I TOLD YOU SO!

3. Speaking of the NFL Playoffs: The Toxic One has been a huge supporter of the salary cap and parity in the NFL. Until now. The Toxic One is now beginning to believe that parity is killing the product on the field. What has changed my mind? The Arizona Cardinals are one win away from the Super Bowl. Normally, I would not think this is a bad thing. But these particular Cardinals are 9-7 with losses by the scores of 56-35, 48-20, 35-14 and 47-7. That's pretty bad. And for them to be one win from the Super Bowl does not bode well for the quality of football being played in today's National Football League. And so much for the notion that the NFC is overtaking the AFC as the superior conference. Not when this Cardinal team is playing for the NFC Championship. Not when two of  these listed blowout losses were at the hands of AFC teams that missed the playoffs. I would sure hate to see the NFL become MLB, where wins and losses are in direct proportion to amount spent on players' salaries, but something needs to change to put a better product on the field. Mediocrity....and worse....is starting to win in the playoffs. And that is never a good sign.

That's all for today. Next week, we'll look at the conference championship games and dig deeper into the NBA and college basketball.
Category: NFL
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