Monday, November 08, 2010
MMBSD: Do My Eyes Deceive Me
The usual Monday thoughts on the week that was (or what I think happened, reality is kind of unreal at the moment)
Initially I thought I must have been going crazy because my tv said Cleveland Browns had knocked off the New England Patriots. However upon closer inspection the score was right, the Browns had crushed the Patriots (like Joe Thomas crushed his offensive coordinator) . How did this happen? Partly the answer lies in this year's hyper-parity and non-dominating teams. The Patriots are (still) soft against the run and their receiving corp frankly sucks. You could see Tom Brady pulling out his long locks numerous times over dropped passes and terrible route running. However the answer also lies in an improved Browns team. They are 7-5 in their last 12 and GM Tom Heckert has tangibly upgraded the teams talent. Peyton Hillis is a beast of a running back and Rob Ryan has the players to run his crazy Ryan defense (well some players). Not to say the Browns are a playoff team but they certainly aren't crappy anymore.
As Jerry Jones begins his campaign to reign unleash biblical plagues on Wade Phillips it's incumbent upon on MMBSD to say I told you so. For all the hype and hoopla over Dallas' supposed superior talent...the group has failed to get over the hump time and time again. Poor line play is the main culprit (well and crappy coaches). Nonetheless in the land of Cowboy hating...I'm a happy man.
Possibly the most significant story of the College Football was Alabama losing. Yes Les Miles had his crazy gambling type calls that somehow paid off but Alabama's secondary was victimized by a previously anemic offense. Alabama's loss of 8 starters from their championship team has proven to be too much - even for Nick Saban. Bama still has an outside shot at a BCS Bowl but its SEC and BCS Championship hopes are dead.
The race for the on-deck team to replace Auburn or Oregon should either lose seems to be down to .....TCU and Boise. TCU took a huge step above Boise when it absolutely annihilated Utah in Utah. Yes Baylor and Oregon State lost but TCU's domination of the previously highly ranked Utes seems to have won a number of supporters (both human and computer). Boise still has fringe #25 Nevada and TCU has dog doo left (San Diego State and the Blind Kids College of Northern Montana) but it seems like TCU is headed for the Rose Bowl or the Mythical Championship.
Offense - I just want to flag a point Stewart Mandel raises which is the evolution of football to video game football. Video game football is crazy offensive outputs. Michigan beating Illinois 67-65 honestly barely stood out on a day where Nevada racked up 876 yards on Idaho , Ok State 55 points on Baylor, Hell even DUKE put up 55 (that's the football team). It's simply a different game these days with the spread-option.