Ok, one thing first...Matt Millen is the least successful GM in NFL history. How the hell did he get an analyst's job anywhere? Everything he says, I figure his take is wrong, considering he couldn't run a draft, hire a decent head coach, or sign an impact player in FA, leading to the complete demise of a charter franchise in the NFL. Why would I be the least bit interested in anything he has to say? Dumb move, NBC.
So anyway, I was just talking to my brother a minute ago, and he made a point worth repeating-when one talks about Manning and Dungy, the wonder is not that they haven't won more Super Bowls together, it's that they've even won one. For that one, they got lucky-Manning and Co. practically drew a bye in the Super Bowl that year, as Rex Grossman will go down in history as the worst QB ever to pilot a team to the Big One. But I'll never for the life of me understand how the '06 Pats got beaten by these choking ass clowns (no receivers, that's how). This year should have been a gimme for the Colts as well. The Charger's pass defense sucks, and the Chargers started the night partially down an injured LT and Antonio Gates. They then spent a good part of the night trying to give the Colts the win, on a stupid defensive pass interference call early in the game (good for a 30 yard gain), Sproles' fumble near the end zone, and Philip Rivers' completed pass to Antoine Bethea in the third quarter. Nope, the Ponies couldn't even overcome inept play, and that's because, when push comes to shove, they suck. Leave it to Manning to take a sack on third-and-two with the game on the line. Brilliant, typical job there, skippy. The Chargers have taken over where the Pats left off as the Team in Manning's Head.
Now, understand, I am cheering only the Colts' loss, not the Chargers' win, as I like the Chargers only thismuch more than I like the Colts. Rivers is a punk, LT a whiner, and if smirking steroid boy Merriam never comes back, it will be ok with me. I hope they go down in a ball of flames in the next round. I must say, though I do like Darin Sproles, if for no other reason than he reminds me of Bob Cousy. And while I don't think the Chargers have the stones to go all the way, despite my harping on them in my earlier paragraph, they played well last night. Both the Steelers and the Titans should be worried, really.
This loss spares us of the Colt-hating public a couple of things-it stopped cold, for the rest of this season at least, the unending media fawning of Manning and Dungy, and it chills the specter of a Manning Brothers Super Bowl. Yeee-haw! I was having nightmares about that, frankly, what would have been the two week circus of Manning retrospectives, joint interviews, and the hand wringing of Archie over divided loyalties and how bittersweet victory for either would be. Nope, don't have to worry about that now. The curse of the MVP continues, especially when, as was the case with Manning this year, you don't deserve it. Why does he get a pass for his lousy first half performance? There were a lot of guys who played well all year, and whose teams would likely not be in the playoffs without them. Get away from the gaudy name, media lapdogs!
Moving on. Another two teams I don't like squaring off against each other today, although I'm definitely going to have to cheer for the Ravens-the thought of Pennington and Parcells jointly hoisting a Lombardi trophy is just too much to bear. In the NFC, not so strong emotions, although I'll be roting for the Vikings, who lusted after Favre in the offseason and are now in the playoffs while Golden Boy sits at home, telling the Jets not to make plans around him and the obseqious King that he's thinking of retiring.
Of course, we've heard that all before, haven't we? I can guarantee you that this isn't the end of the recurring Theater of the Absurd which is the Brett Favre off-season.
Anyway, I'm now going to sit back, drink a mimosa toast to another late season look at the face. I tell ya, it never gets old...