Wanted: Bernard Pollard

I feel bad for All-World QB Tom Brady’s season coming to an end after a knee injury in Week 1:

Patriots’ Brady to undergo surgery, miss remainder of season

The fact that one man going on IR has league wide repercussions tells you just how important Brady is.

I also feel bad (if not worse) for the man who caused the injury, Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard. The hit was clean (at least the NFL thought so), so all this guy is guilty of is going all out on a blitz and getting blocked into Brady’s knee.

Now, poor Bernard has become public enemy #1 in New England.

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The Rant of an NFL Orphan

The NFL season is just around the corner and for many pro football aficionados it is a joyous occasion, it’s hard for this football fan to get too excited. Why?

I grew up in Houston and rooted passionately for the Oilers until Bud Adams uprooted them in 1996 and relocated the team to Tennessee. After my 4 years at Texas, the source of my football jones became my Longhorns.

Yes, the NFL came back to Houston in ’02 in the form of the Texans but it isn’t the same. It’s hard to have loyalty for a team which was founded during one’s adult years.

I certainly don’t wish the team ill, but it is difficult for me to get behind this team despite the seemingly faux enthusiasm of the “longtime” Texans fans here.

It’s blasphemous to say in this Texans’ town but it is far easier to root for the former Oilers, the Tennessee Titans. Especially since they have noted UT legend Vince Young.

As an NFL Orphan this is what I’m reduced to, cheering for individual players. For example Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) for his character and unwavering faith, Tom Brady (New England) for his on-the-field greatness, Peyton Manning (Colts) for his dedication to his craft, Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) for playing against the odds.

It’s almost like I’m reduced to a variant of Visa’s lame Olympics motto: Go World!

Tom Brady is Fallible

Remember the prediction that New York Giants’ receiver Plaxico Burress made during the week leading to tonight’s game?

That his Giants would hand the undefeated Patriots their first loss by a score of 23-17?

Well Plax’s Prediction didn’t materialize though his team did pull the upset, congrats to them.

What struck me as odd, especially in light of tonight’s outcome, was the response of Tom Brady (below)
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to Burress’ prediction,

“We’re only going to score 17 points?” Brady said before chuckling about it. “OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and gave us a little credit for scoring more points.”

Oops…

Super Bowl 41.5

File this post under the “there are more important things to worry about” category.

This Sunday the 2 best teams in the NFL (Colts and Patriots) will clash in what I have dubbed “Super Bowl 41.5”.

It promises to be a great game between the 2 best teams in the NFL (though as is the case with heavily hyped contests, it’ll probably be a blow out), not to mention the subplots.

Peyton v. Brady, Belichick v. the World, et al.

So what football fan wouldn’t love to watch this clash of titans? Well football fans in Houston will not be able to tune in to this one, why?

For the simple fact that CBS is giving us the epic matchup between Texans and Raiders, arguably two of the worst teams in recent history. Yes I know I’m in Houston and all those “long time” Texans fans want to watch their team belly flop week in and week out so they can complain all week long on the local sports radio stations.

Yeah I suppose I can go hit up BW3 and catch the Colts-Pats or if the NFL was my religion I would have bought the NFL Sunday Ticket, but CBS is it too much to ask for a choice in the matter?

The Patriot Act

No, the title is not in reference to the much maligned piece of legislation, but rather to a decree which I think many NFL pundits and talk show hosts should attempt to push through Congress.

Obviously the 7-0 New England Patriots are beating opponents senseless. It’s pretty safe to say that when the Pats’ average margin of victory is more than 20 points.

Quarterback Tom Brady is having a dream season and is on pace to break all sorts of passing records, in large part due him finally having some quality receivers (Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, and Wes Welker).

It will not surprise anyone if this team makes it all the way to the Super Bowl, but…

The Indianapolis Colts are also undefeated after shellacking the Jacksonville Jaguars last Monday night. Given this and the fact that the Colts are the defending champs, it’s difficult for me to see how they are not given as much run as the Pats. Until someone else is crowned champ, the Colts are still at the top.

All the Patriot love flooding the talk show airwaves needs to be focused into a bill, “The Patriot Act”. Let’s just have Congress, we could even get Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to sponsor it, decree that the New England Patriots are the best team in the NFL and crown them (thank you Dennis Green). No need for a new trophy presentation, they can just run up the following shot:

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Forget their upcoming game against the Colts (during which us folks in Houston, will be watching the Texans-Raiders barn burner, thanks CBS!), forget the playoffs and the Super Bowl, let’s just declare that the Pats are the Champs.

I suppose this rant is my fault for listening to sports radio all day at work.