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NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions

Since I haven’t written a blog in a couple fortnights, here’s a quick post with my picks for the weekend:

Saints over 49ers

Saints over 49ers. AP Photo

I’m taking offense over defense here. There’s been a lot of talk about the Saints being a different team playing outside and on the road. I can buy into that a little bit, but I also think the Saints are just really, really good. The Niners’ have the best rushing defense in the league, but Drew Brees and the Saints don’t really run the ball. I’ll take the Saints by a field goal or two.


Packers over Giants

Packers over Giants. Photo couresty Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Giants are a very trendy little upset pick here. The media are drawing all sorts of similarities between this years’ team and the team that went through Lambeau to win the Super Bowl in 2007. That’s kind of a dumb train of thought; we’re talking about two completely different teams in two completely different years. The 15-1 Packers are somehow flying under the radar going into this game, which works out very well for them. Discount Double Check accounts for about four touchdowns and The Pack wins fairly easily.


Ravens over Texans.  Photo Courtesy, Steve Mitchell, US Presswire

Ravens over Texans. Photo Courtesy Steve Mitchell, US Presswire

The Ravens are 8-0 at home this season. Houston has the second-strongest (Broncos) running game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate accounting for over 2,100 yards rushing, but the Ravens are the league’s second-best (49ers) team at stopping the run. That match-up will decide this game. I think the Ravens’ D will have some fun with T.J. Yates even though he’s played well since taking over. I’ll take the Ravens by a touchdown in a pretty low-scoring game.


Broncos over Patriots.

Broncos over Patriots. Photo Courtesy John Lebya, Denver Post

Screw it.


A Tumultuous Week for CSU Football and Other Musings

Jack Graham (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post)

CSU fans sure hope Jack Graham knows what he's doing. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post)

I know I haven’t been around all that long, but I think Colorado State football fans will be hard-pressed to come up with a more tumultuous week than the one we all witnessed recently. Here’s a quick timeline of the events:

  • Thursday morning:  Highly respected athletic director Paul Kowalczyk fired completely out of the blue. The final 3 1/2 years of his contract are bought out using “private funds” (meaning donors/boosters likely pushed Kowalczyk out).
  • Thursday morning:  Kowalczyk replaced by Jack Graham, a passionate donor with zero athletic administrative experience.
  • Thursday afternoon: CSU President Tony Frank posts a letter in which he confirms his commitment to athletics at CSU. One eyebrow-raising sentence mentions “the impact that a privately funded football stadium on our campus would have.”
  • Saturday:  Nearly pull off a large upset against arguably the Rams’ biggest rival, only to fall short in the fourth quarter (no surprise there).
  • Sunday:  Fourth year coach Steve Fairchild fired by Graham.
  • Monday:  Graham announces his perplexing hiring of a national search firm to look for coaching candidates. Someone is paying the firm a quarter of a million dollars.
  • Tuesday morning:  Fort Collins Coloradoan article confirms that Jack Graham wants/is thinking about an on-campus stadium.

Whew… Need a few shots of Pepto Bismol to digest all that.

Other local and national sports musings:

  • How cool was it to see CSU play on Coach K court in front of the Cameron Crazies? It would have been cooler if they had a contributor taller than 6′-6″.
  • Am I the only CSU fan who was very disappointed to see the students rush the court after beating Colorado? We did the same thing two years ago and Kowalczyk sent us all an email saying how stupid it was. He was right.
  • In six or seven years the St. Louis Cardinals will be glad they’re not paying Albert Pujol$ $25 million a year, but don’t tell that to the 12-year-old in Missouri who has slept in a Number 5 jersey-T for as long as he can remember.
  • It seems like David Stern is losing control of the NBA. His nixing of the Chris Paul trade screws over three different franchises, but none more than the small market New Orleans Hornets, which he was trying to protect. Superstars in the final year of their contract will always have the power to dictate where they want to sign. It’s just an unfortunate truth.
  • The Rockies better sign some starting pitching during this offseason, the sooner the better. Getting rid of Huston Street and his contract to create flexibility was fine, but now it’s time to make some moves.
  • I would like to see Nene come back for the Nuggets, but I have a feeling some other team is willing to overpay for him. I think the Nuggets have to let them. A max contract would be a little much.
  • And no post would be complete without this:  TEBOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!! At this point, there’s no sense in being skeptical. I’m all-in on the Tebow Train, and I worry that lots of people in Denver and across the country are too busy trying to be quarterback experts to enjoy what we’re seeing. This is the most remarkable football season of my generation’s lifetime, just shut up and enjoy it already.

My Personal Tebow Dilemma

(The Denver Post / John Leyba)

I just can't seem to make up my mind about Tim Tebow. (The Denver Post / John Leyba)

The Tim Tebow debate rages on in Denver and across the country after the Broncos dramatic comeback win over the Dolphins on Sunday. Everybody has an opinion on the polarizing quarterback. I’m sure I have one too, I just don’t know what it is yet:

Me:  Did you see that comeback Tim Tebow and the Broncos made on Sunday? My goodness, that was unreal.

Other Me:  Did you really just say “My goodness?” But yeah that was really great. If you like watching two horrible teams play like they belong in the Big Sky Conference.

Me:  I won’t deny how hard the first 55 or so minutes of that game were to watch. Punts, missed field goals, more punts, dropped passes, fumbles, more punts. At one point I think the teams were a combined 0-438 on third down conversions; it was actually pretty comical to watch sometimes. But that finish was unbelievable! There’s something about that Tim Tebow fellow. I can’t wait to watch him every week.

Other Me: Tell me you’re joking. He played the Dolphins in a semi-home game. He had 24 yards passing through three quarters, including ZERO in the third quarter. He missed some throws so badly… Did you see when he had Demaryius Thomas wide open down the sideline and it looked like he was throwing it away?! The announcers were baffled. I was wondering if he was trying to hit somebody in the third row; I mean there were enough Broncos jerseys out there. Did you see when Eric Decker beat his man by 5 yards on a post and Tim threw it to the wrong hash marks?

Me: Yeah, I guess I did. But it’s not like he has much of a supporting cast. He missed some wide open receivers, but I also saw Matt Willis, Eddie Royal and Thomas drop passes that should have been caught. Christian Ponder has Adrian Peterson. Tim Tebow has Willis McGahee. Cam Newton and Andy Dalton have Steve Smith and A.J. Green making big plays. Tim Tebow has Eric Decker. All that said, did YOU see how the Broncos scored more points than the other team? I think that means they won.

Denver Post / Joe Amon

Tim Tebow was sacked seven times against the Dolphins Sunday. Seven Times. Against the Dolphins. (The Denver Post / Joe Amon)

Other Me: If Tebow plays like that for the remainder of the year, that will be the only win he’ll see this season.

Me: 2-14 would give us a pretty good chance at drafting Andrew Luck…

Other Me: Don’t change the subject. He didn’t look like a NFL quarterback out there, admit it! Maybe Merril Hoge was right.

Me:  Merril Hoge is an idiot. A typical ESPN blowhard. That stupid little twitter rant was all in the name of self-promotion. He’s just another talking head trying to make a name for himself instead of offering actual insight. Start to Google “Merril Hoge” and the computer assumes your going to look for “Merril Hoge Tim Tebow.” He knew what he was doing. Feeding off the media machine that Tebow is by upsetting his millions of super-loyal fans.

Other Me:  Woah, you were pretty fired up about that one.

Me:  Hoge and his enormous tie knot… they’re both idiots.

Other Me:  Well we’re in agreement there. Anyway, will you at least admit that Tebow’s mechanics need some serious work?

Me: Absolutely. But he has bigger issues than his throwing motion and footwork. I think his biggest problem is his brain. He can’t read defenses, predict blitzes or make quick check-downs when the first read isn’t there. I’m no NFL scout, but even I could tell he was bailing from the pocket and locking to scramble way too quickly.

Other Me:  You’re starting to make my argument for me…

Me: Not necessarily. I think the cerebral aspect of football is something that can progress with experience. Give him eleven games, and if he looks as silly as he did for the first three quarters Sunday, I’ll shut up. Experience is golden. Even some of his awful throws could have been the result of being a little too revved up. He was ready to prove a whole lot of people wrong and he may have been wound a little too tight, although that obviously paid off in the end.

Other Me: You’re not starting to bring up that “it factor” everyone loves to talk about are you? I’m getting so tired of that.

Me:  Hell yes I’m bringing that up. That “it factor” that you’re so tired of just won the Broncos a game. That “it factor” is not overrated. I don’t know how you can discount the final minutes of that game.

Other Me:  Because I watched the first 55 minutes! We’re just going around in circles here.

Me: Fine. Here’s my bottom line: Give him some time to get the feel of the NFL and give him some better offensive weapons to work with and he can lead a winning team. You can agree with that right?

Other Me: Not really. I mean, did you see the first 55 minutes of that game?!

Me:  They won the game!

Other Me: This conversation is over.