The Jets, Really? Coming off two meaningful and good performances by the Redskins two weeks ago and the Patriots last week, ESPN ended up with a dog of a game last night. Mike Tirico actually sounded relieved the atrocity was over when Mark Sanchez fumbled the snap away to essentially end the game. That was following a 19 yard punt by the Titans that apparently put the Jets back into the game with fifty-three seconds left. Of course, that was following a Sanchez interception that apparently put the Titans in the driver's seat. Okay, you get the picture. Ugly game, ugly ending. Ugly score, with only twenty-four total points in a league designed to allow me to have a chance to complete passes. At least the Jets are out of playoff contention and they can now slink quietly into the offseason.
Australian Resort Owner Displays His Ignorance: I just love it when people take shots at Tiger Woods, such as the one this week when Clive Palmer, whose resort hosted the Australian PGA Championship this past week. Apparently, he doesn't think Tiger Woods represents the future of golf and would prefer that the second-best player of all-time, at least statistically, not play in his event. He cited Rory McElroy as the future, not Tiger. But Palmer doesn't leave it there, where I guess you could say he had a point. Instead, he cites Australian Peter Senior as a better example of the player he wants in the field. Senior is 53 years old and has won exactly four European Tour events in his long career. Tiger wins that many in a month. So let's see: A 36 year-old with 14 career major victories and three PGA tour victories just this year is not the future, but a 53 year-old journeyman is. Also, whether you personally like Tiger or not, ratings and attendance at tournaments in which he plays are 60% higher than when he doesn't. As Colin Cowherd of ESPN points out, that makes Tiger Woods more popular than the sport in which competes. Nice move, Clive! Too bad his last name is Palmer...
Bowl Update: I'm 2-0 so far in my bowl picks, thanks primarily to Nevada's collapse that allowed Arizona to score two touchdowns in the last forty-two seconds in the New Mexico Bowl. It was a stunning comeback by the Wildcats or a monumental egg laid by Nevada, depending on your perspective. That just goes to show the unprectability of bowl games. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl lacked the same thrilling ending, as Utah State capped a very good season with a 41-15 win over Toledo, a team that struggled down the stretch this season after upsetting unbeaten Cincinnati. I'm still trying to decide who to pick in tomorrow's Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, where the 9-3 Aztecs of San Diego State essentially host 7-5 BYU. I originally picked BYU, but with the Aztecs at home and winners of seven straight, I may reconsider. Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog for my final pick.
NFL Playoff Picture: The last two weeks should be fun in the NFL. There are still a lot of teams alive, at least for wild card spots. Seven teams are in, but no one has clinched home field yet, so the games still matter, at least for one more week. Dallas and Washington both control their own destiny for the NFC East title, the only division without a team that's clinched a playoff berth. It's likely the winner of the match-up between those two the last game of the season will take the division crown, leaving the New York Giants high and dry.