Itâs been an interesting week in the sports world. The boxing match weâve eagerly awaited, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., finally looks set. The return of âThe Answerâ is no longer in question. And the best athlete at his position in the world made headlines for a vehicular incidentâŚ
Shame on you, Adrian Peterson, for driving 109 mph in a 55-mph zone.
What? You thought I was going somewhere else with that…
And now, a look ahead to a glorious weekend of sports.
Conference Championship Saturday
The only championship games in college footballâs Football Bowl Subdivision* that actually make sense began Thursday with the Civil War and hit full stride Saturday.
*I wrote that out instead of typing its initials (FBS) purely for you to see how ridiculous-sounding that name is.
Meanwhile, the rest of college football looks ahead to the match-up fans and experts have anticipated all seasonâŚ
What? That doesnât excite you? Fine.
How about the first time weâve seen the no. 1 and 2 ranked BCS teams match-up outside the BCS championship?
Florida vs. Alabama serves as a de facto semifinal (barring unforeseen computer calculations). The winner most certainly stakes its claim as the favorite to exit the Rose Bowl, January 7th, as champion.
Will Tim Tebow leave another footprint in his quest to be the greatest quarterback in college football history? Can RB Mark Ingram make his final case for the Heisman? Who wins the Urban Meyer and Nick Saban coaching battle? What measures will CBS take to protect against a potential Verne Lundquist head explosion after Tebow scores his second touchdown?
Some answers I can wait for. But others â or other â leave me giddy.
NFL Week 13
A number of match-ups this week have significant playoff implicationsâŚand here are my thoughts:
Speaking of whichâŚhas anyone noticed how seemingly contagious concussions have become? Itâs nearly reached Swine Flu status.
Will Chris Johnsonâs prediction (from 0-6 to 10-6) hold against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts? The Tennessee Titans have run off five straight wins since inserting Vince Young. And CJ remains on pace to break a historic record (Eric Dickersonâs 2,105 single-season rush yards) as quietly as anyoneâŚever.
The Dallas Cowboys look to avenge an early season embarrassment against the current embarrassment that is the New York Giants. Winners of one of their previous six, this is the Giants last chance to resurrect their season. The players and teams hate each other â no really â they actually don’t like each other. And as a Cowboys fan, I hate the Giants. So it should be exciting. For me at least.
At 5-6, the Miami Dolphins are playing for their playoff lives against a suddenly-human New England Patriots. The Pats âcloak of invisibilityâ is long gone â especially on the defensive side of the ball. So why is it still so hard for me to pick against them? They even go out-flexed this weekâŚ
âŚby the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. Two forty-something quarterbacks may go head-to-head this week. (I realize Kurt Warner isnât 40 yet, but youâve heard of “dog years?” I propose for every concussion sustained, a year is added to your age in “NFL-years”âŚmaking Warner somewhere around 52).
Anyways, this is the week the Vikings go down. Why? Because they play a legit team. Consider this: the combined record of the nine teams theyâve defeated is 39-71. Pretty staggering. Itâs not that I donât think they are good. I just donât think they are that good.
So there are some appetizers for your football platter this weekend. And remember, with the holidays coming up, if you fall in love with the playerâs wear on the sidelines, you can always buy that stuff here â at FansEdge.
What? I still have to pay the bills.