What we read while celebrating Veinte y Nueve de Abril…
- Read this, and you’ll never have to read anything else about Tim Tebow again.
Regular season? Like who does that anymore? It’s playoff time, and thus time to break out a digressively detailed look at this weekend’s four Wild Card matchups. Do Cincinnati fans have it worse than Houston fans? What car brand sponsorship do I refuse to acknowledge? What mistake has altered our perception of Victor Cruz more than any great play? And just how much does God love Tim Tebow?
#6 CINCINNATI AT #3 HOUSTON
Playoff time! As I’m fond of saying this time of year, the music’s changing…just like it used to in Tecmo Super Bowl.
Speaking of… Neither of these cities has seen a second-round playoff game since the year Tecmo Super Bowl came out, or 1991. Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since a 1990 Wild Card Weekend win over—guess who—the Oilers. Houston hasn’t seen a playoff win since those Oilers won a year later on Wild Card Weekend against the Jets.
Those are long droughts: The longest in the league, along with Detroit (1991). Continue reading
What we read while turning down the Donald Trump debate…
What we read while worrying about the fate of Last Call with Carson Daly….
“And there the past was having its sunset.”
We’re gonna save the playoff preview until Friday, where we’ll introduce “Prior to the Snap, Playoff Edition.” So for today, before we look forward, let’s look back at the infinite wisdom of my pre-season picks:
Teams Whose Records I Accurately Predicted, Likely for Inaccurate, Coincidental Reasons
- Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9)
- San Diego Chargers (13-3)
- Oakland Raiders (5-11)
- Carolina Panthers (8-8)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)
You thought we were done, didn’t you? That we would stick to our promise to end by December 31? Please. We’ve still got two posts to go to determine the most important title of all: Athlete of the Decade.
In defining what exactly constituted the “Athlete of the Decade” in a sport, there’s a fine line between who is best and who is the most iconic. I tended toward the latter, which runs the risk of predicting how future historians remember the Aughts.
And a little wrinkle: The order in which I present the sports counts down to the Athlete of the Decade across sports. That is, the last sport I do will have the No. 1 Athlete of the Decade, the penultimate is the second-best across sports, and so on. Here are Nos. 6, 5, and 4. Continue reading
Let me set the scene for you: College football, as is, is a gross miscarriage of justice in all forms, a charlatan that pretends to properly judge the talent of teams and players alike and to prepare them for the NFL and real life.
Let me reset the scene for you: College football is perfect because its major problem has been fixed. That’s right, we change the rules so that you’re not down when your knee hits the ground and nobody touches you.
One of my “esteemed” colleagues has used this space on previous Fridays to lament the trivial woes of the Bowl Championship Series. Let me, in one two-claused sentence, dispossess him of his revolutionary cause. Sports have the meaning we ascribe to them. That is all.
“Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage.”
It was the worst GameCast experience of my life and the perpetuation of what would become an annual Giants’ tradition. On November 26, 2006, Big Blue led the Titans 21-0 going into the fourth quarter. They were about to put an end to an ugly two-game losing streak, move to 7-4, and proceed to win the NFC East—or so I thought.
That’s when Vince Young went to work. The then-rookie led the Titans on one touchdown drive, and then another. Then the Giants had Tennessee in a 4th-and-10, and Mathias Kiwanuka had his arms around Young, and he let go, and Vince ran for the first down and eventually, threw for another touchdown. An Eli INT—by PacMan Jones, no less—and a Rob Bironas field goal completed the comeback.
Three years later, Vince Young led a similarly remarkable comeback, converting three fourth downs while driving the Titans 99 yards in the final moments for a 20-17 victory over the Cardinals. One would think that the postgame narrative would have been structured around Young’s abilities in the fourth quarter, perhaps with references to his Rose Bowl appearances and that comeback against the Giants. Instead, much of the talk was on how Vince Young is finally living up to the hype. Gregg Easterbrook said Young’s success proves Tim Tebow can start in the NFL at quarterback. On PTI, Peter King even compared Young to JaMarcus Russell.