This week's loser is Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano
It been five days and I still can’t believe what I saw. This dumpster fire was picked to go to the Super Bowl by pretty much everyone? What. Were. They. Thinking? Pete Carroll is officially off the hook. The fake punt that the Indianapolis Colts attempted Sunday night was the worst play call, formation, and execution of a play that I have seen in all of my years watching football. If Garo Yepremian was still with us, he likely would have smirked and said to himself “Jeez, even my gaffe wasn’t THAT bad.” The Butt Fumble officially has company in the long list of NFL blunders.
Remember those Southwest Airlines commercials where someone would do or say something embarrassing and the narrator would ask, “Wanna get away?” Yeah, that’s Texas governor Greg Abbott today. For those who weren’t paying attention, the Houston Astros were leading the Kansas City Royals by a score of 6-2 in the 8th inning in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Blowing a four run lead with six outs left isn’t impossible. It’s pretty unusual, but they do happen. So Abbott, prematurely, congratulated the Astros on winning the series.
It wasn’t easy, but it was a clean sweep for my Division Series predictions. Believe me, I was taking heat for picking Kansas City (down to their last six outs in Game 4) and Toronto (down 0-2 going to Texas). But as the late, great Yogi Berra would say: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” The Royals showed their postseason mettle in Game 4 and scored five runs in the top of the 8th to surge ahead 7-6, then tacked on two insurance runs to win 9-6 and force the 5th game in Kansas City. In KC, Johnny Cueto did the rest; pitching a gem and sending the Royals to their second consecutive ALCS.
2007…The most insane football season I have ever seen…well…we are going to test that theory this season. While we can’t predict 16-0 again, it’s definitely possible. Yes it’s only Week 3 (for them), but have you looked at the schedule? While there are a few hard games on the docket it appears very few that the Patriots could lose. Sure, any given Sunday, yadda yadda yadda, we get it. But let’s be real. What are we looking at (presuming – knock on wood or anything that resembles it – health), 14-2 or 13-3 AT WORST. Probably a good shot at 15-1 or...the ever taunting 16-0 again?
This week's loser is Cowboys defensive end, Greg Hardy
The BUM of the Week is back with a vengeance. This might be hard to believe, but I hadn’t decided on who was going to take home this week’s award until a few hours ago. Roger Goodell was in the running the entire time, especially after his embarrassing press conference earlier this week where he said with a straight face that he had no regrets about how the DeflateGate debacle unfolded. Really? You don’t regret making your league (and yourself) the laughingstock of sports? You don’t regret getting caught lying repeatedly in Brady’s appeal process?
Looks like I was 1-for-2 in my Wild Card predictions, so I’ll settle for a .500 batting average. Give it up for the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs for going on the road and winning huge ballgames to move on the Division Series. Dallas Keuchel graduated from ‘boy’ to ‘MAN’ in New York, throwing six scoreless innings on three days rest…that rebuild in the Space City appears to be well ahead of schedule. And Jake Arrieta? Okay, who the hell kidnapped the Jake Arrieta from Baltimore and replaced him with Tom Seaver? My God, what a difference a change of scenery (and league) can make.
For those who haven’t heard or simply couldn’t care less about baseball (probably the latter), the Red Sox announced that John Farrell will be returning to the dugout for the 2016 season. My initial reaction….Umm, why???