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.