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Football Thoughts Week 16

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 28, 2020

I’m running a full week behind because Christmas.

There were a lot of interesting football games this week – college and NFL. The college conference championships were played, after which the committee made its selections for the playoffs, which blew. And we are getting near the end of the NFL regular season, if you can call it that, and teams are playing hard to earn playoff spots.

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Iowa State for the Big XII Championship. But it wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. We’re sitting at #6, and between us and the playoffs is #5 Texas A&M. I suppose if one or two of the playoff teams succumb to Covid-19, the Aggies and/or we will be invited to fill in.

You’ve heard me complain how terrible the refereeing has become, thanks primarily to instant replay, and it’s getting worse every week. Well, in this terribly messed up football year, the playoff committee blew it completely also. Two of the four teams chosen – Ohio State and Notre Dame – should not be in the playoffs.

Notre Dame got into the top four by beating Clemson (about the only actual football team ND played) when Clemson’s quarterback was out with Covid-19. When Trevor Lawrence returned., Clemson wiped up the floor with Notre Dame, who should have been knocked out right then.

Ohio State played only six games. It’s like entering a race at the half-way mark and wanting to be declared the winner when you come in first, having only run half as far. OSU is a good team, but it’s just not eligible for the playoffs in those circumstances.

Neither Notre Dame nor OSU should be there (Notre Dame should never be there). The Aggies and Sooners are more deserving.

NFL: Things worked out about as well as they could for me this week. The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the Philadelphia Iggles 33-26, with Jalen Hurts, the last of the three OU quarterbacks to go high in the draft in three successive years, getting the start for Philadelphia and playing well. I wanted Hurts to do well, but not to beat Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, which happened.

Cleveland beat the New York Giants, and Baker Mayfield played very well, so in the comparison and contrast between Mayfield and Murry, both shone.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, beat the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Poor San Francisco. They seem to have had more injuries, illnesses, and other issues than any other NFL team this year.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 20-15, with the result that since Dallas won and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins all lost, Dallas is still technically in the hunt to win the NFL East, though they are not going to.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady is essentially over for this year. The Patriots lost to Miami and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a thriller with a come from behind rally by Brady. We’ll see what Belichick can do over the off season to restock the Pats.

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