Obviously only coming from the mind of a Cleveland could parallels be drawn between the US economy and the Cleveland Browns. The Browns, a team built on fluff, smoke and mirrors, are crashing to the earth. The trendy pick and winner of 5 day time emmy's (prime time viewing) meant there were expectations that at least they'd be enjoyable to watch. However after a schlacking at the hands of team led by a QB that a few months ago was playing Division II ball/water boy you can say that already say they're playoff hopes are dangling by a thread. Luck on injuries ran out but fundamentally a coach and a QB finally are being exposed for frauds. Luckily much like the US economy, the Browns are not alone in implosion. The Patrios defense was crushed into a fine paste repeatedly by a gimmick play, Indy is limping along, and New Orleans seems to evolving into Carolina (a team with potential but constantly underperforming).
So who's the surprise winner? Dallas is by far the best team at the moment in the league. Buffalo appears to be one of those teams that might get into the playoffs with a weak schedule and I'm shocked to say this but Atlanta is rapidly turning into a contender for the NFC South. If Ryan continues to play like this I promise a series of Mea Culpas on him. Nonetheless on the brightside I look forward to not being able to watch the Browns given the rolling blackouts and cholrea epidemics that are coming....
Its an SEC and Big 12 world, we just live in it. For the second week 8 of the top 10 teams in the polls are from the Big 12 or SEC. While there's no particular reason to justify or not justify cupcake wins, perception is reality. Eventually losses will pile up in the two conferences (continuing this week with Georgia v. Alabama) and its curious to see how the balance of power in the minds of voters goes between these two conferences. Its possible that USC will do its yearly choke randomly against an opponent that shouldn't even be on the same field with them but if its not look for a big dog fight among the kings of college football.
In Big 10 country the OSU rebuilding program opens the conference for a number of teams with diverse skill sets. Wisconsin's punishing running game, Penn State's HD offense, Michigan State's balanced hard nosed approached, OSU's golden child (did you know Pryor not only threw 4 TDs but cured several bases of blindness on Saturday), and Illinois' spread all have legitimate shots. Onwards to conference play which starts this week.....
To US Ryder finally getting a win. I didn't watch much or know what it means but I enjoy native son, Ben Curtis doing well
More thoughts on what the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse means for basketball (one can only hope dragging the Celtics back hell after their Faustian bargain) later this week....
Other reactions to the weekend of sports?