NFL: Divisional Playoffs


Divisional playoffs

New England Patriots versus the Baltimore Ravens – it is hard to go into New England and win. This is the one thing that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have proven over the last 10 or more years. The talking heads were trying to tell us that Joe Flacco had figured out how to win in New England. The Baltimore Ravens had their opportunities to win this ballgame. Unfortunately, the defense let him down; specifically, their pass defense. Tom Brady carved them up. New England negated the “great pass rush” by the Baltimore Ravens using tons of short passes. I would be extremely surprised if the New England Patriots weren’t in the Super Bowl yet again this year.

The Carolina Panthers versus the Seattle Seahawks – This game was not close. The Seattle Seahawks played lights out. Cam Newton needs more weapons and a better offensive line if he is going to seriously take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Dallas Cowboys versus Green Bay Packers – I know that everybody’s talking about the catch that wasn’t. I’m extremely disappointed, because the Cowboys had an amazing season. They had an opportunity to win this game with or without the catch. We cannot forget the importance of DeMarco Murray’s fumble. The Dallas Cowboys had exactly the right call for exactly the right defense. DeMarco Murray was running for a touchdown. There was nobody over there. Julius Peppers popped the ball out with DeMarco in the hole. This was the game. Aaron Rodgers played terribly during the first and second quarters. The reason that I think he’s the best quarterback in the game is performance in that second half. He was brilliant.

Indianapolis Colts versus the Denver Broncos – I have no idea what is wrong with Peyton Manning or the Denver offense. They simply got manhandled, again (like in the SuperBowl). The receivers could not get open. Peyton Manning missed wide open receivers. Andrew Luck played the way he usually does. He moves around. He makes plays. He throws the ball hard. He throws the ball accurately. He was amazing. The Annapolis Colts will be moving on, while the Denver Broncos are scratching their heads looking for answers.

Huge Rally in France

This is very good.

From BBC:

More than a million are expected to march through the streets.

“Paris is the capital of the world today,” French leader Francois Hollande said. “The whole country will rise up.”

The marchers hope to demonstrate unity after the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a supermarket.

Ahead of the rally, a video emerged appearing to show the supermarket attacker, Amedy Coulibaly, pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

In the video, he said he was working with the Charlie Hebdo attackers: “We have split our team into two… to increase the impact of our actions.” (more…)

Stuart Scott

There really are only a few people who influence our society. When Stuart Scott joined ESPN, there were a few sportcasters who were trying to make watching sports fun. There was Berman and Olberman and a few others. Stuart Scott just cranked it up another notch. He had an ease when he was in front of the camera. With phrases like “Booyah!” and “cool as the other side of the pillow” he simply made you smile.

Stuart Scott died on Sunday. He will be missed.