NFL: Week Three
Alright, let’s get this out of the way right now. In 13 games yesterday, I only guessed three correctly. The fact that you might even consider reading what I have to say about football actually makes you somewhat suspect. Clearly, I know nothing.
Attended the 49er game yesterday, and it was incredibly entertaining, even if the 49ers gave up the game at the end. The fact that they were poised to and likely should have beat the Cowboys is a massive leap forward from last season…a fact I tried unsuccessfully to console myself with as I left the stadium.
One other note – there were a disgusting amount of Cowboys fans in Candlestick yesterday. Disgusting in every conceivable way but mostly in just how many of them were there. Like maybe 35, 40% of the stadium seemed to have Cowboys jerseys on – that’s embarrassing for me. Forget “America’s Team,” there were a great many fans who were only old enough to have been fans of the Triplets era, and if you live here and were a fan of them during that time? That makes no sense…in fact, it’s evil in one of its more pure forms.
God, I hate the Cowboys.
If you haven’t seen it, try and find footage online of Jimmy Smith threading the line and hooking his foot around the pylon to score a game-winning overtime TD. Insane.
And for that matter, Brian Finneran, whose name I can’t really say without wanting to say, “Finneran, Begin Again!”, made an insane catch himself making sure he got both feet down. Football players are amazing athletes, that’s for sure.
One of the things that is undeniable about the 49ers this season is that they at least resemble a NFL team – sure, they got trounced by an angry Philadelphia team, but that’s the class of the NFC. Against some other supposedly good teams, Dallas and St. Louis, they competed and could have won both games. That’s with roughly the same personnel as last year starting.
In other words, I’m pleased with Mike Nolan so far. The same should be said of Nick Sabean, whose Dolphins are suddenly competitive, even while Ricky Williams meditates at an ashram on Sundays.
On the other hand, if I was about to make my NFL coaching debut, I would absolutely love to follow Dennis Erickson or Dave Wannedstedt. Talk about setting yourself up for favorable comparison.
3 correct picks. 3/13. Do you know how hard it is to actually guess wrong on 10 games in a week? Three wins…man, this is not good.
Before you get swept up in the "David Akers is so tough, that was impressive" rah-rah for him gutting out a winning field goal, remember this:
1) He's a kicker.
2) Earlier in the week, Akers himself said he shouldn't handle kickoffs in order to be around to kick field goals. Obviously, something changed as there wasn't another kicker available. What the hell is that? What happened between Wednesday and Sunday? Either Reid or Akers screwed up bigtime, and Akers hamstring is much worse off for it.
Green Bay is 0-3. I thought they’d be less competitive this year than last, but not this bad. But I wouldn’t possibly begin to guess what’s going to happen in that division. At this point, it’s a complete toss-up.
Cadillac Williams is really, really good. I thought the Bucs were supposed to be bad this year. And for everyone talking about how improved the Cardinals would be, yeah…not so much. I really did think they’d have an improved offense, but I wasn’t convinced they’d win more games. Now that Kurt Warner has hurt himself…again…looks like it’s meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
It’s pretty impressive that Shaun Alexander, who had 140 yards and an insane 4 TDs against the Cardinals…didn’t have the best game by a running back. That would have to go to LaDanian Tomlinson, who ran for 190 yards and three TDs…and also threw a TD pass himself. Which also set the surprising New York Giants back home on a reality plane. The Giants won’t stink, but San Diego utterly outplayed them, at times in every facet of the game. San Diego needed the game, and absolutely came through.
And why then, did I choose the Giants? [Pounds head on desk.]
Finally, it gets harder and harder for New Orleans to become the new “America’s Team” as every sportscaster dubbed them when they both keep losing and imbecile coach Jim Haslett cries and moans about not having a real home field to play on. I know it’s tough (though ask the 49ers if they had a home field advantage yesterday) but whining does not beget sympathy. It also suggests to many, probably including some Saints players, that you have decided that that is the reason you lost, instead of things you can fix. The team has to believe that the coach can point out why the team isn’t doing well and FIX IT. This is what I think Nolan and Sabean have done with their teams. And yet, Mike Tice and Jim Haslett remain gainfully employed. Sigh.
Folks, this is the last time I can ask this without getting mean-spirited: SEND ME YOUR MONEY. It’s about Week 4 and I’ve vowed to kick any team out of the league who hasn’t paid up yet. I really need to be consistent about this, so if you don’t send in your checks by the end of the week, I AM GOING TO DELETE YOUR TEAM FROM THE LEAGUE. I’m contacting each one of you with a payment request via PayPal, but send it in anyway you need to. This is sort of ridiculous, I can’t beg much more pathetically than this and I don’t want to keep doing it.
Also, please pick more erroneously so I have a chance. That is all.