A Sporting weekend to behold , maybe

A Sporting weekend to behold , maybe

By Tophatal

So here we are , week eleven of the NFL season , and for some teams , their hopes seem to have gone up in a cloud of smoke. With so many franchises in a dire situation , it is hard to envisage how the teams will somehow extricate themselves from the mess they created . Nowhere , is this more evident , than with the continued plight of the New York Jets , as from one moment to the next , the NFL’s biggest sideshow gets more comedic by the second . From unconfirmed players , being critical of backup quarterback Tim Tebow , to Jets’ head coach, Rex Ryan , trying to explain away his team’s woes , while trying to keep his own position safe . If there is one thing that you can be sure of , how Ryan handles this situation and whether or not the Jets can turn around their season , will most certainly play a part, as to whether or not, he is retained by the organization.

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Indifference , stupidity , and the mere conceitedness of Ryan, and his coaching staff , has led to the Jets’ malaise . This team simply isn’t good enough to be viewed as a legitimate candidate for the Superbowl . Yet at the beginning of the season, after the acclaim thrown upon Tim Tebow , and the thought that he could contribute to the success of the franchise. There is absolutely nothing tangible to be shown , by way of anything that can be deemed a success. That is unless you would consider a 3-6 record , while sitting at the bottom of the AFC East , a sign of success , eleven weeks into the NFL schedule ? There are litany of issues that Rex Ryan has failed to address concerning the team , while at the same time the beleaguered head coach seems at a loss for words concerning the team’s continued frailties on both sides of the ball. Mark Sanchez , is having an indifferent season , completely lacking in confidence , and while there might calls for Tim Tebow to replace the incumbent starting quarterback . In reality, the young backup , as an option , does not offer the franchise the best chance of long or short-term success.

One of the more enticing games on this weekend’s schedule , is a meeting , of two of the NFL’s most successful franchises over the last decade. The Indianapolis Colts , led by the 2012 NFL Draft, number one one overall pick , Andrew Luck, will get the chance to pit himself against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots , when these two teams meet at Gillette Stadium, in Foxboro’ , Massachusetts, this upcoming Sunday.

The game itself might be considered the “heir-apparent” seeking to pit gauge himself against perhaps , the league’s best quarterback of the past decade . Brady’s resume’ simply gives credence to that fact , whereas Luck , has been exceptional this season , while leading the Colts to an impressive 6-3 start , bettered by only the Houston Texans (8-1) , within the AFC South , where the team now sits in second place . Much of the Colts’ season has been encapsulated around the untimely issues , concerning the health of what now appears to be a cancer free , Chuck Pagano . While the head coach , has been undergoing exhaustive chemotherapy for cancer of the lymph nodes , his team has set about winning games, and rallying behind his calls for “getting the job done” . So much so , that it has now become the “rallying cry” , not just amongst the players , but the entire Colts’ organization and their raucous fan-base. If Luck is able to lead his teammates to an improbable win , it would have to be viewed as one of the high points of Indianapolis Colts’ already impressive season.

There is a quiet confidence about the Colts , not witnessed , since Peyton Manning was leading the reins of this franchise to a great many of their unprecedented successes. The question now being asked , is can Manning’s successor , lead them forward, along in the next chapter of the franchise’s history ? All signs now point towards that being “ an emphatic yes , on all counts” .

The one thing that is abundantly clear about this Colts , Patriots’ meeting , and it is that the defense of the New England Patriots will be severely tested by a young and talented Indianapolis Colts’ offense. And if their previous meetings are anything to go by, these two AFC teams , will put on a thoroughly exciting display.

If it’s not broken , then why try and fix it ? However, if it is broken , then get out the brooms and “ clean house “ . You will not have to go a long way to find the sort of ineptitude now being exhibited by the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) , Carolina Panthers (2-7) and Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) , Cleveland Browns (2-7) and Oakland Raiders (3-6) . Far be it for me to suggest, but I believe that these teams have lost their direction , and from hereon-in. the head coaches in question, will remain on the clock, as to whether or not their tenures will last the entire 2012-13 season.

Now while the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) have labored under the perception that they were a championship caliber team . Their performances this season , have been nowhere near, what would be expected of a championship-caliber franchise. Many of the Eagles’ issues, as their season has unfolded , lay squarely upon the indifferent and rather poor performances of Michael Vick , this season . The player has a declining —- skill-set, which has now become an embarrassment for Vick and the Eagles’ franchise as a whole. What now exacerbates this situation , has been the very fact that head coach, Andy Reid , has stood steadfastly behind in his support of Michael Vick, and his bewilderingly inept displays this season. And with each post-game interview granted by Reid , his stance has remained the same , that is until Michal Vick suffered a concussion , which forced the head coach to insert Nick Foles into the lineup, as the their game against the Dallas Cowboys ,which ended in a 38-23 loss for the Eagles. Foles did enough to suggest that for the rest of the season . he might be the person to lead this team to semblance of respectability. Things are not going to get any easier for the Eagles , they face off against the Washington Redskins (3-6) , in what will be “ a must win situation “ for both of these beleaguered teams .

As things now begin to heat up within College Football , the nation waits to see what remaining teams amongst the unbeaten , will suddenly fall flat . As we know , the Ohio State (Buckeyes) are not BCS Bowl eligible , and are not eligible for any of the postseason fare normally associated with BCS , and the plethora of games that will be scheduled. Unbeaten at 10-0 , the Buckeyes , this season , have simply played with an intensity and a purpose , as they seek to remain relevant in the world of College Football. Urban Meyer , having succeeded disgraced former head coach , Jim Tressel , will now seek rebuild and redeem the reputation of this once prestigious program. Granted, upon Tressel’s dismissal , Luke Fickle was given the position of interim-head coach , it was clear that Gene Smith , the school’s athletic director , in conjunction with university President , Dr E Gordon Gee , would seek to hire a big name coach . The two-time national championship head coach with Florida , may well have picked up from where left off , but it is clear that Urban Meyer would have relished locking horns with the likes of Kansas State , Oregon (Ducks) , or even Notre Dame during the Bowl schedule . Instead , an unbeaten season , and national acclaim is all that can be attained by the Buckeyes in 2012 .

The Buckeyes will face the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday , in what should be a highly anticipated and competitively fought battle . During that game we should get to see if the continued hype over Braxton Miller , is indeed justified . Miller, the Buckeyes’ quarterback has simply been stellar , all season , putting up astonishing numbers , while leading this team on their unbeaten run. The player is amongst the leading candidates for this year’s Heisman Trophy , but it is unlikely that he will beat out the three perceived favorites at this juncture , and the candidates in question are Colin Klein , Johnny Manziel and Manti Te`o .

I do believe that within the world of College Football , there are some coaches you simply despise, and teams that you simply hate with such venom ! When it is all said and done , I do not think I can honestly , say that there is a program I dislike more , with such intensity , than that of Notre Dame. Granted , in the aftermath of the Penn State tragedy , and one seriously doubts , if there is a more disliked program in all collegiate athletics. Suffice to say, with all of the detailed and insidious acts perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky , it seems sheer lunacy , that those in a position of power would seek to cover up such egregious malfeasance . Yet as this all came to light , there idiots out there still trying deflect that the justified criticism not only aimed at the school , but also the now disgraced former head football coach, Joe Paterno . His actions , if nothing else , were simply beyond reason , as he tried to explain away his lack of understanding what had gone and the very fact that he should have investigated further the allegations made against his one-time assistant coach . If nothing else , for sheer incompetence , the punishment rendered against the program was more than justified . However, the legal issues , in terms of the civil suits that will be undoubtedly lodged against Penn State will further tarnish the reputation of that academic institution

As I alluded to earlier , Notre Dame is a program , that is granted far too much reverence . Much of that I believe actually stems from the fact that the school’s benefactor , none other than NBC Sports and the money simply bestowed upon the school, by way of the multi-billion dollar television contract , carries way too much sway —- within BCS circles . OK, so one could allude to the fact that this season , unbeaten at 9-0 , and ranked number three , behind number one ranked Kansas State and at number two , Oregon. . In spite of what appears to be, on the surface a terrific season, you simply cannot hide the fact that this team just isn’t that good . Their record may not bear this out but simply look at the team statistics , when adjudged against other teams at the D1 level of College Football ? Winning however, trumps everything, , and that is what the Fighting Irish have been able to do, without a great deal style or substance, and with a schedule , that one could view as somewhat embarrassing in some circles.

NBC has never been any able to disguise their partiality towards the Notre Dame program , and the very fact that the programmer’s former head of the sports’ division is a proud well respected graduate of the school , merely adds further credence to that very fact. Dick Ebersol , a now a senior consultant in an advisory role for of NBC Sports , is one of the nascent pioneers of sports’ programming, has simply corralled his superiors in making sure that the Notre Dame program’s coffers are filled annually , while fellow alumni and boosters play their part in making sure that the “ gravy train” —- remains almost unparalleled in their exercise of raising money for the school. The football program remains one of the few bright spots for NBC , in terms of it sports’ content , for prime-time viewers and ratings , as everything else within its cupboard , has become extraordinarily stale and unimaginative .

Notre Dame’s head coach Brian Kelly is fully vested in bringing about success to the program, and with it heightened recognition . As a stand-alone Independent within the conferences , the school is afforded a great deal of latitude , and with that comes the fact , that as an adjudicator in determining who plays for the BCS national title. I do believe , that certainly muddies the waters , but such is the a sway held by Notre Dame , their authority in this matter , goes unquestioned . Furthermore , by merely winning six games on their schedule in any given season , they’re automatically granted a Bowl berth , when other programs with better records and from none BCS conferences, are not afforded such a chance . Yet, there are those , who view the whole BCS system and the soon to be adopted playoff format , as being fair and equitable. That system is flawed , but moreover , it is , and has been , and will always be driven by the premise of money , and not much else beyond that ! Until the system is looked at in-depth , rather favoring a selected group of conferences and programs , not everyone will be allowed “ a bite of the apple” .

Notre Dame’s next game will be a match-up against the ACC’s Wake Forest . It will be interesting to see whether not sophomore quarterback, Everett Golson , can lead this team with any great authority . If Golson , gives a more structured performance , then all roads lead to a Notre Dame victory . On the other hand, an upset could be in the making , if for any reason , Brian Kelly’s players have any lingering doubts and become complacent , then it should be beyond the realms of probability that they could suffer their first loss of the season. It is in this endeavor , that , Manti Teo, Carlo Calabrese, Kevin Carr , and Stephon Tuitt will seek to put this game beyond the reach of the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.

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What if anything are you most looking forward in terms of the college games and by way of those within the NFL ? Simply chime in with a comment on this , and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter .

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(1) FILE – St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer , center, talks with quarterbacks Kellen Clemens (10) and Austin Davis (9) during NFL football practice, in this June 14, 2012 file photo taken in St. Louis. Brian Schottenheimer is trying to treat the St. Louis Rams’ game against his former team, the New York Jets, Sunday Nov. 18, 2012 as just another game . AP Photo/Tom Gannam …

(2) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field after his team lost to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-7 . AP Photo/Elaine Thompson ….

(3) New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow heads off the field after the Jets lost to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-7 . Tebow ran four times for 14 yards, and was 3 of 3 passing for 8 yards . AP Photo/Elaine Thompson …

(4) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) sits on the bench near backup quarterback Tim Tebow, left, late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-7. Sanchez finished 9 of 22 for 124 yards . Tebow ran four times for 14 yards, and was 3 of 3 passing for 8 yards. Those are the sort of “stats” that should get a quarterback benched , but now , idiots are seeking the insertion of Tim Tebow to be now inserted as the team’s starting quarterback . AP Photo/Elaine Thompson …

(5) FILE – This Nov. 4, 2012 file photo shows Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Indianapolis. The Colts gave Grigson his first chance to build a team . All Grigson has done is build a masterpiece by taking chances on players who didn’t pan out elsewhere and have somehow worked out in Indy, which is 6-3 and in the playoff hunt . AP Photo/Darron Cummings …

(6) Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Luck threw for 433 yards and two touchdown passes , breaking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s single-game passing record (422 yards) for a rookie ,as he led the Colts to a 23-20 win. AP Photo/AJ Mast …

(7) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The Patriots would defeat the Bills 37-31 to remain atop of the AFC East divisional standings . AP Photo/Elise Amendola …

(8) Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes congratulates Bri’onte Dunn (25) of the Ohio State Buckeyes after he scored a touchdown against the Illinois Illini on November 3, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Illinois 52-22 . Getty Images North America /Kirk Irwin …

(9) Braxton Miller (5) of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Illinois Illini on November 3, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Illinois 52-22 . Getty Images /Kirk Irwin ….

(10) Head coach Frank Spaziani of the Boston College Eagles walks the sideline in the second half of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Getty Images / Jared Wickerham …..

(11) Head coach Frank Spaziani of the Boston College Eagles shakes hands with Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly following their game on November 10, 2012 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Notre Dame would defeat Boston College 21-6 . Jared Wickerham / Getty Images ….

(12) Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson scrambles away from Boston College’s Kasim Edebali during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boston on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. AP Photo/ Winslow Towson …

(13) Quarterback Denard Robinson (16) of the Michigan (Wolverines) is tackled by linebacker Manti Te’o (5) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and teammates in the first quarter of a game played at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Getty Images / Johnathan Daniel ….

(14) NHL Commissioner , Gary Bettman ,left , is seen here with Dick Ebersol , former head of NBC Sports . Ebersol having left the program outlet , returned at the request of parent company Comcast in a senior advisory role for the sports’ broadcast division . Mark Lazarus now heads NBCSports , as Ebersol’s successor . AP Photos / Mark Shaw ….
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Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

18 thoughts on “A Sporting weekend to behold , maybe”

  1. “Off course I’d like to fix the situation where Notre Dame plays for the BCS national title each year . I mean it’s better than seeing an SEC team win it each goddam year ” !

    Mark Lazarus , head of NBC Sports

    Tophatal …….

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    1. jumpingpolarbear

      Games —- between the Colts and Patriots have always been thoroughly entertaining , because the fans have been able feast on and off the truly exceptional talents of Brady and Peyton Manning in those match-ups . Now as a new chapter unfolds, we will get to see if Andrew Luck can somehow match the feats of his predecessor in his rookie year . He has already surpassed him in terms of wins and a number of other stats.

      Luck and Peyton Manning in their rookie seasons : Luck 2012 & P Manning 1998 .

      This particular conference game is one of the better scheduled match-ups in week 11 .

      Tophatal ………

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  2. A few thoughts on the season that was…

    I just don’t see how Rex Ryan makes it out alive, man.

    Remember a few months back when all of us were doubting whether Peyton Manning could still play the game?

    Oh, and do you also remember that college football contest where I asked everybody to pick the national champion. Not one person picked either Kansas State OR Notre Dame.

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    1. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump)

      And just when we all thought things couldn’t get any crazier in the world of College Football , today provides us with a reminder as to what can actually go wrong for a couple of the top ranked teams.

      Now if some had told me that both the #1 and #2 ranked teams would lose on the same over opponents that they were highly favored over , I would have told you to lay a bet in Vegas . What the hell went on with Oregon (Ducks) , let alone —- Kansas State ?

      Baylor beat the living sh#t out of Kansas St and as for Oregon , well their ass was handed to them on the “proverbial silver platter ” .

      How’d you like them apples , Oregon , with your punk a#s ? Play some f#cking defense at least , why don’t you ? How many times have these two teams met ? Surely , by now, they’d know each other inside out , and each others’ tendencies ?

      When the BCS rankings are made official on Sunday evening , I firmly expect to see Notre Dame being announced as the new number one ranked team in the nation ! Not that , it is a particular good thing to begin with , just because they’re unbeaten . But to my mind they have not shown that they are the best team in College Football ! Their schedule is weak in comparison to the schedules of the Pac 12 and SEC , but somehow because Notre Dame is an Independent (school [football]) , they are being given greater reverence than necessary . Guess what ? NBC Sports will now be rubbing their hands with glee , like the cronies that they are .

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      Florida didn’t look all that impressive in their game , and they sorely missed —– Jeff Driskell , that’s for sure !

      As for Rex Ryan , a loss today , and the clock will have started ticking concerning Ryan’s immediate , and long-term future with the Jets , That franchise along with the Chiefs Chiefs and the Jaguars have become their own three-ringed circus , filled with clowns and other imbecilic idiots .

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      Denise Milani

      Tophatal ……….

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  3. A Rams win against the Jets this Sunday should filter through some more additional trash talk inside the Jets locker room. Players are already blaming one another once again and the worst part is that some are not putting a name on the comments. It goes to show you the lack of control the Jets have right now.

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    1. BlogSurface/CDR

      There’s a reason why LT (Ladanian Tomlinson) called it quits with the Jets last season , He realized that he was playing alongside a bunch of immature a#sholes ! .

      Courtesy of ESPN

      > LT: Jets rift ‘as bad as I’ve been around’

      Eli Manning stops by The Michael Kay Show to discuss the possibility of Peyton Manning playing with the JetsTags: Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, New York Giants, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts

      If Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes remain New York Jets teammates in 2012, they might need an intervention to repair their relationship.

      The Sanchez-Holmes rift was “as bad as I’ve ever been around,” LaDainian Tomlinson revealed in a television interview.

      Tomlinson, the latest player to characterize the dissension-torn locker room as The Florham Park Zoo, said he’s not sure if Sanchez and Holmes can co-exist. The future Hall of Famer claimed the locker-room problems “got out of hand” toward the end of the season, adding that coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum fueled the mentality because they like players that speak their mind.

      Details of the Sanchez-Holmes feud emerged at the end of the season, but Tomlinson said things started to fall apart in the third or fourth week.

      “I’ve been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not, but it was as bad as I’ve been around,” Tomlinson said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” which aired Wednesday night.

      “You know, it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point, there are certain changes that need to happen. Can it be fixed? I think absolutely it can be. But they’re going to have to make some tough decisions.”

      Tomlinson said the players actually had a name for the rift — the East Coast-West Coast beef, because Sanchez is from California, Holmes from Florida. He said they “poked fun at it,” but he added, “In all seriousness, Santonio, obviously, he’s a great player. There are some things that obviously he needs to work on as far as being a leader.”

      If he were the GM, Tomlinson said it would be a “tough one,” the decision on whether to keep Sanchez and Holmes together. The Jets have said they plan to retain Holmes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract before the season, but their true intentions will be known in the coming weeks. He’s already guaranteed $7.75 million for 2012 and, if they don’t cut by him Feb. 8, they’d have to guarantee an additional $7.5 million.

      Tomlinson, contemplating retirement as he heads into free agency, didn’t spare Ryan and Tannenbaum, intimating they contributed to the mess.

      “They created this,” he said. “This is the type of football team that they wanted. Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan are both brash, in-your-face type of style, say whatever you want, just get it done on the field. And then it leads to other things, as guys are calling each other out and saying, ‘I’m not getting the ball’ or whatever it may be.”

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      Here’s something to keep you smiling . Denise Milani

      Tophatal

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  4. Lions and Packers —- meet today , in what is, a “must win” situation for Jim Schwartz’s —- team . A loss and they might as well pack their bags . They would have no chance at the divisional crown , much less a wildcard berth in the NFC . .

    Things are not going well for the Lions at present ., Injuries or not , they have played badly and have not lived up to the potential shown last season ..


    Lions news

    Packers news

    NFC North divisional standings .

    Tophatal ………………

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  5. It’s amazing what a year can or cannot do for a team . Last season the Lions were riding high and thought to have a bright future in the NFL .

    This season , they can’t catch a break much less the common cold.. Stafford looks jaded and nothing like the player who throw for over 5,000 yards in 2011 .

    Instead of moving forward this team has regressed , and let’s not use the excuse of injuries for their woes. This is still a team sport and that’s why you have a roster of 54 players .


    Today (Sunday)
    , the Lions showed why they’re simply not amongst the best teams in the NFC much less the NFL . The Green Bay Packers had their way with a woefully inept Lions’ team , that was so ill-prepared .


    Sunday
    , wasn’t mean to be Andrew Luck’s day , but it was a gallant effort by the Colts , who now know what it’s like to face a championship caliber team on their schedule . They ran into a buzz-saw , as the Patriots , gave them a proverbial spanking in a 59-24 victory

    Tophatal

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  6. Don’t look now but even with the Falcons being 9-1 , their division (NFC South) , has suddenly now become really interesting . The Buccaneers and Saints are playing some great football , and the NFC South in terms of sheer quality has now become the “best division “ in football, in terms of the division’s competitiveness , and play now on show. Any doubters , simply look at the results over the past five weeks in terms of the teams’ current form ?

    Both the Bucs and Saints , are coming off big wins , and I think it is now becoming abundantly clear that the Panthers , are a team that cannot hold a lead under any circumstances .

    What they’re saying about the Bucs’ victory and the Panthers’ defeat .

    Tophatal ……………

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  7. How ’bout them Patriots? Hangin’ 59 on the Colts is pretty freakin’ impressive.
    I had the Bucs at 5 – 5 with 40 seconds to go and trailing by 8. Now their 6 -4 and I’m stil kinda shocked at the comeback. Just goes to show, one never knows do one. Cheers!

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    1. aero

      The game itself to my mind was one of the better matchups on Sunday’s schedule , wherein , you had two 6-3 teams at the time , going head-to-head , looking to inflict a loss on that opponent . That result was a big surprise , but then again , in some ways it wasn’t , because the core of that Colts’ defense are young players drafted by franchise over the past two years and they’re still learning the ropes .

      Brady , as usual had his customary perfunctory day , again throwing for over 300yds for at least the fortieth time of his distinguished career. Game MVP , however , has to go to —- Julian Edelman of the Patriots . The guy was simply off-the-chart , as close to perfection , in terms of his performance . Consider Wes Welker , also , he is now on target, of becoming the first receiver in NFL history to have 5 consecutive years of 100 plus receptions in a season. I would have thought a feat like that would have been achieved by Jerry Rice , given his outstanding —- career , but apparently not .

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    2. aero

      For me to see the Bucs showing so much determination and resilience, is a good thing. It is a growing sign of maturity amongst the players and a belief in themselves . The Panthers had them beat , but somehow you just knew that in the waning moments of the game , Ron Rivera’s players would actually commit a monumental mistake and hand the game to the Buccaneers . It happened and they (Panthers) will now have to live with that fact .

      Tophatal …………

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  8. Well, it was quite a weekend of football. Those Jets…you just can’t figure out what’s happening there. They win by 2-3 scores one week, then the next week, they can’t find the end zone! And what about Ryan’s 5 interceptions…and then Atlanta still pulls out a win.

    Jacksonville trades “punch for punch” with the Texans, the Cowboys struggle with Cleveland, the Pats blow away the Colts, and the Ravens beat the Steelers without an offensive TD!

    And now, what of Andy Reid? How about that ugly game the Chargers laid down in Denver? Can you say, Norv…you’re fired!?

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  9. For those of you chiming in with a vote, thank you , as it is greatly appreciated !

    Ewa Sonnet

    And this beauty thanks you from the “top of her rack” , and from the bottom of her heart . Ewa Sonnet

    Tophatal ………..

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