Belated New Year’s greetings, Outsiders! I will reserve judgment for a few weeks as to whether it is a happy occasion or not.
It’s always a bit sad to see the football season come to an end. At least nowadays. It wasn’t sad at all from 2003 – 2010. Please leave the building was the feeling in those years.
We’re two wins away from the Super Bowl and one loss away from the party’s over. It’ll soon be time to figure out something else to do with my Sundays. I’m sure Skeebette will have a few pithy suggestions, but they won’t be near as fun as watching football.
Except for the Seattle vs Washington contest, none of the other games this weekend has much appeal, other than seeing the look on players faces as they realize the season’s over for them. And woe unto him who gets caught laughing on the sideline while his team is getting routed! He shalt be castigated hither and yon by outraged fans and media heads in their righteous indignation. Perhaps we’ll get a new “face” for our lasting amusement. I’ll be watching Matt Schaub closely as he makes his playoff debut to see if he has as interesting a choker’s face as Tony “I’m The Best Gagger” Romo.
None of the AFC teams playing have anything but the remotest chance at getting past Denver or New England. That will be an epic battle for the conference championship, but until then the other teams are just ho-hum filler on the schedule.
The NFC is a little better. And certainly more wide open. I don’t see Minnesota reaching the Super Bowl, but any of the other five teams could go that far and not surprise me. The NFC is clearly the better and more competitive conference, but it may not have the best two teams.
I’d feel a lot better about the 49ers’ chances if it weren’t for Justin Smith’s bum elbow. Maybe they’ll gut out a win in the Divisional game and he can put in a Willis Reed quarter at the Championship game that will inspire some lights out performance from the rest of the team. Otherwise, they better hope they don’t draw a team that can run the ball.
On the fun side, WordPress sent me a report on this blog on New Year’s Day. You can view it here: http://jetpack.me/annual-report/14052945/2012/