Tag:NFL Playoffs
Posted on: January 14, 2009 1:08 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2009 1:14 pm

The More Things Change

1. Quickly, can you name the last game Kurt Warner won as the starting quarterback of the St Louis Rams? If you answered the NFC Championship Game in '01-'02, then you are correct. Now, can you name the team that the Rams beat in that game? If you answered the Philadelphia Eagles, then you are correct again! Now, can you name the starting quarterback for those Philadelphia Eagles? If you said Donovan McNabb, then guess what. You are correct. 7 years later, these two meet again in the NFC Championship Game. Since that meeting 7 years ago, Warner has been run out of St Louis, used as cannon fodder to prep Eli in New York and then was supposed to keep the seat warm in Arizona until Leinart was ready. The old codger just refuses to go away. Meanwhile, McNabb would be on the short end of three straight NFC Championship Games before finally getting to the Super Bowl, only to have his receiver all but blame that loss solely on him. Since then, Eagle fans and media have been looking for anything that says that McNabb will be gone. But here he is, in the NFC Championship Game for the 5th time in his career. Meanwhile, in the AFC Championship Game, you have Joe Flacco, doing his best Ben Roethlesberger impersonation, taking on....well...Ben Roethlesberger. Roethlesberger knows just how tough the AFC Championship Game can be on a rookie quarterback and the Steelers' defense plans to make sure Flacco learns that lesson as well. Some people say that quarterback play is a key to winning it all. Well, I think we have learned over the past several Super Bowls is that a quarterback doesn't necessarily have to win the championship for his team, just as long as he doesn't lose it for them.

2. Kentucky basketball has a great history. Great tradition. And now, a new chapter is added to Kentucky's history books. Jodie Meeks put up 54 points in a 90-72 win over Tennessee, breaking the 39-year old Kentucky scoring record held by Dan Issel (53 points against Ole Miss). What's more is that Kentucky improves to 13-4 and Tennessee, ranked 24th, falls to 10-5. The Vols should be on their way out of the Top 25. At 2-0 in SEC play, the Wildcats may very well be headed into the Top 25. College basketball really is alot of fun to keep up with. Their fans are as fanatical as you will find.

3. On the other hand, we have the NBA. NBA fans are about as entertaining as 10th graders in Geometry class. MLB has made its trading deadline into a yearly event and the NBA is trying to copy that. Last year, two huge moves were made, with Shaq heading to Phoenix and Jason Kidd going to Dallas. Moves that seemed to make these two teams worse! Not better! But, at least it gave us some entertainment during the NBA season. It is kind of hard to take the NBA regular season seriously when teams with 35-47 records make the playoffs. But, maybe we'll see another fun trade in the next month blow up in someone's face. That's the closest thing to amusement the Toxic One will get from the NBA regular season. They should just skip the regular season and hold the playoffs from the start. Just about everyone makes it anyways.
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 12, 2009 5:29 pm

Thank You Steelers

1. The divisional rounds of the playoffs have ended and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. It's bad enough that a 9-7 team is hosting the NFC Title Game. How ugly would it have been if the 8-8 Chargers would have been hosting the AFC Championship Game? Fortunately, that's not going to happen. The Steelers will be at home this weekend against the Ravens in one of those great clashes between these two that should be as brutal as football was meant to be. You remember. Back from the days when football players were football players and not dancers. And I know of at least one good reason to cheer for the Steelers. A Pittsburgh Super Bowl win would give the Steel City 6 Super Bowl rings and shut Cowboy fans up about their "5 rings ain't that sweet as honey" annoying garbage!

2. Nevertheless, The Toxic One is jumping on the Philadelphia Eagles bandwagon! That's right! Go Eagles! First off, the Eagles are following the path of the 2005 Steelers as well as the 2007 Giants on their quest to be the champs. Remember, in 2005, the Steelers sat at 6-6 and looked all but dead before going on their run. Same for the 2007 Giants, who were 7-5 and head fans and the media calling for the heads of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. The 2008 Eagles were, at one point, 6-5-1, had just tied the Bengals and the City of Brotherly Love wanted Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb tossed out of town. But the Eagles have gone on their run, simulating the 2005 Steelers and 2007 Giants. Both the 2005 Steelers and 2007 Giants had to win three straight road games to get to the Super Bowl. The Eagles will have to do that as well as they head to Arizona this weekend for the NFC Championship Game. Also, the 2005 Steelers and 2007 Giants had to win on the road in the playoffs against the team that won their division. The Steelers beat the Bengals in Cincinatti in 2005 and the Giants beat the Cowboys in Texas in 2007. Well, the Eagles went to Giants' Stadium and knocked off the Giants, matching that similarity as well. The NFL is a trendy league and the Eagles are following the trends of a couple of recent Super Bowl winners as they are one win away from getting to the Super Bowl themselves. The Toxic One has decided that he not only wants the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, but he also hopes Donovan McNabb is named the Super Bowl MVP. What a kick to the testicles of one Terrell Owens would that be!

3. Now as for that so-called unbeatable team. No, not the Giants or the Titans or anyone else. I am talking about the North Carolina Tar Heels. This was supposed to be the team that threatens to go unbeaten on their way to winning the national championship. Well, 2 games into the ACC season, the unbeatable Tar Heels are 0-2 in conference play. Undefeated? The ACC has a pair of those teams but they aren't the usual suspects. Right now, that battle is between Clemson and Wake Forest! Not Duke and North Carolina. However, we all know how basketball works and I am sure that the Tar Heels and Duke will start getting back to their dominant selves. Just as soon as the referees remember they are Duke and North Carolina and the calls start going their way again.
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