Thank You, Football Gods
We saw this weekend two instances in which the football gods rewarded/punished those who deserved it.
First, in a situation that has already gotten much attention, the Giants have been amply rewarded for pushing the Patriots to the limit in the final game of the regular season. The game meant nothing to the Giants, but because the Pats were going for 16-0, the Giants played their starters and lost in a great game. Since then, the Giants have gone to Tampa and won and yesterday, in an extremely sweet victory, beat the Cowboys in Dallas. The result--TO sobbing and much joy in the Bartender household. While I am quite concerned about the Giants going to Lambeau on Sunday, just making the NFC Title Game this year is quite an achievement. Playing with house money.
Second, I am thrilled to see the Colts receive their comeuppance for what I saw as a disgusting display in the final game of the regular season. The Colts were trailing the Titans 16-10 in the final minutes of the game. It meant nothing to the Colts, but the Titans had to win to make the playoffs. The Colts pulled their starters early in the game, which is perfectly acceptable, but with Tennessee in position late and taking a knee, the Colts had a time out left but did not use it; they simply let the clock run out. If they took the time out, they would have had a final chance (about 30 seconds) to try to win the game. Likely, no. But they didn't even try. I was disgusted at the time (and I really didn't care if Tennessee or Cleveland got the final AFC playoff spot), and I like to think that their actions were justly rewarded yesterday with a stunning defeat against San Diego.
So my predictions (big grain of salt): Pats big over the Bolts (yes, I've heard all about how improved the Chargers are since week 2, but they are beat up and can't keep up with New England's offense; the Jags tried and failed.) Packers in a close one over the G-men. And I will make the amazingly bold call of the Pats winning Super Bowl XLII. (The Roman numeral thing is really getting clunky at this point.)