Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Jerk

Damn...Bernadette Peters was hot in that. What a rack. Oh yeah....hilarious movie, too.

Same old you-know-whos

The Saints are a bad football team right now. They’re getting mauled in the trenches, which is why they can’t run or pass or defend against the run or the pass. And now they’re without a feature running back — possibly a bigger blow than Atlanta losing Michael Vick. Without a workhorse rusher in the backfield, it will be damn near impossible to regain the spark that fueled last year’s offensive fireworks. Kornheiser and Jaworski were correct on MNF — Reggie Bush has proved to be nothing more than an occasional playmaker who lacks the ability to produce consistently. Fortunately, he’s still very young and has an entire career ahead of him to figure out what kind of player he wants to be. Time, however, isn’t on the side of poor Deuce McAllister, who will be 29 next season and has now torn both ACLs.

Perhaps if the line play improves, things could pick up a little, but it’s looking more and more like this team is doomed for ’07. A return to 3-13 looks like a very real possibility, although we long-suffering fans are hoping for the best.

I’m telling you, these guys made a deal with the Devil (or Paul Tagliabue at the very least) last year, and now they’re paying for it.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's over

Not the season. There's still a helluva lot of football to be played in 2007. I'm referring to the hype. The bandwagon is now empty. It's time to get serious and "Earn It," as they say in the commercials and on those new T-shirts.

The Saints will have to win about four or five in a row to get the buzz going again. I'm sorry, but serious Super Bowl contenders don't get beaten 41-10*, even to the Colts. Anyone thinking perhaps there was a reason Indy let Jason David walk?

I'm just glad this is Week 1 and not 10 or 12.

* Alright, I know the Super Bowl-winning Patriots of 2003 got beaten 31-0 by the lowly Bills in Week 1. But that's the Patriots, who have a talent for defying reason.

My forecast

This is how I think it’ll all shake out. I was right on the nose with picking Indy to win it all last year, but less so in forecasting that they’d defeat the mighty Redskins.

AFC East:

1. New England
2. New York Jets
3. Buffalo
4. Miami

AFC North:

1. Baltimore
2. Pittsburgh*
3. Cincinnati
4. Cleveland

AFC South:

1. Indianapolis
2. Jacksonville
3. Tennessee
4. Houston

AFC West

1. San Diego
2. Denver*
3. Kansas City
4. Oakland

NFC East

1. Philadelphia
2. Dallas*
3. Washington
4. New York Giants

NFC North

1. Chicago
2. Green Bay
3. Minnesota
4. Detroit

NFC South

1. New Orleans
2. Carolina
3. Tampa Bay
4. Atlanta

NFC West

1. Seattle
2. St. Louis*
3. Arizona
4. San Francisco

AFC Wild Card: San Diego over Pittsburgh, Baltimore over Denver
AFC Divisional Playoffs: New England over San Diego, Indianapolis over Baltimore
AFC Championship: New England over Indianapolis

NFC Wild Card: St. Louis over Philadelphia, New Orleans over Dallas
NFC Divisional Playoffs: Seattle over St. Louis, Chicago over New Orleans
NFC Championship: Seattle over Chicago

Super Bowl XLII: New England over Seattle