It was a good week for picking games! I managed to pick 13 games correctly last week (out of 16), but finished out of the pizza.
We’re still holding out hope that ESPN will change its tune and allow a local network to televise the Montana and Montana State FCS playoff games on local television stations – more on this below.
This week I take a look at honors in the NFL, some unimpressive performances, the playoffs, Tebow, bathrooms, the BCS, the FCS, ESPN3, the Facebook page, the NAIA and results from the Championship games in Missouri!
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
-New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees completed 24 of 38 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints’ 49-24 victory over the New York Giants. He also ran for a touchdown.
-Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson ran for 190 yards on 23 carries in the Titans’ 23-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has cemented his place in history as a dirty player after he stomped on an opposing player (during the Thanksgiving Day telecast). This morning it was announced that Suh was suspended for two games. He can appeal.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe appears to quit during a crucial play in Sunday Night’s exciting game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and my Chiefs.
Bowe raised his hand when running the route to let QB Tyler Palko know to throw it, but then failed to even raise his arms to catch the ball that was intercepted. Maybe Bowe would not have caught the ball, but maybe trying for it would have kept it from being intercepted. That ended the Chiefs’ chances to win the game.
Bowe disappoints me and many Chiefs fans…
Playoffs – Top Teams:
Everyone knows that the Green Bay Packers are the number one seed in the NFC if the playoffs started today, but do you know which AFC team would be the number one seed?
You can find it out by clicking on THIS LINK.
Sometimes you just have to go and it’s nice that you have a friend to hold up a towel for you. What you don’t need is a television camera watching you…but Chargers kicker Nick Novak caught the camera’s attention on Sunday – you can see it by clicking HERE.
Port-a-potties on the sideline????
The Denver Broncos are 5-1 with Tim Tebow as QB. Last Sunday, Tebow ran with the ball 22 times for 67 yards, which apparently the most carries by a QB since 1950. That’s 61 years – and it may take that long for people to figure out Tebowmania.
What to Watch:
Cincinnati (7-4) @ Pittsburgh (8-3)
Atlanta (7-4) @ Houston (8-3)
Green Bay (11-0) @ New York Giants (6-5)
Detroit (7-4 @ New Orleans (8-3)
MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The BCS is still a freaking mess and it looks like that LSU and Alabama are headed for a showdown for the National Championship. Fans may remember that LSU beat Alabama earlier this season (in Alabama) 9-6 in overtime.
Here are the top eight teams in the BCS standings:
1. LSU (12-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Oklahoma State (10-1)
4. Stanford (11-1)
5. Virginia Tech (11-1)
6. Houston (12-0)
7. Boise State (10-1)
What to Watch:
Georgia (10-2) @ LSU (12-0) (SEC Championship game)
Oklahoma (10-2) at Oklahoma State (10-1)
The Bowl picture is starting to take shape and here’s the link to follow it.
Here are a few of the recent firings in college football:
-Rick Neuheisel was fired by UCLA
-Dennis Erickson was fired by Arizona State
– Ron Zook was fired by Illinois
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION
The second round of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) games will be played on Saturday. The Montana Grizzlies (9-2) will host Central Arkansas (9-3) on Saturday at noon. The Montana State Bobcats (9-2) will host New Hampshire (8-3) on Saturday at 1:00.
The “Gods” of ESPN apparently have not changed their minds about televising the game so more people can see it. So, the big “Shame on You” goes to the suits at ESPN for not allowing a local network to televise the game so more Montanans can watch it. I will remember this…
If anything changes, we’ll let you know via this website or on Twitter.
Be sure to check out the Facebook Page “Petition to have ESPN Have Feeds of FCS Playoff Games” HERE. Over 23,000 have “joined” the protest!
Some of us may be listening to several games this weekend on the radio or maybe watching Carroll College on TV and listening to Montana and Montana State on the radio.
A big thank you goes to Montana CW Network for televising the quarterfinals of the NAIA football playoffs Saturday where Carroll College came from behind to beat Azusa Pacific 17-14.
Carroll College (11-1) hosts Georgetown (KY) (12-0) on Saturday in Helena. Hopefully the game will be televised.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Last Friday and Saturday, the State of Missouri held their football championship games at the Edward Jones dome in St. Louis. Here are the results:
CLASS 1: Valle Catholic beat South Shelby 49-7
CLASS 2: Lamar beat Lafayette 49-19
CLASS 3: Logan-Rogersville beat John Burroughs 21-14
CLASS 4: Webb City beat MICDS 56-42
CLASS 5: Staley beat Kirkwood 35-21
CLASS 6: Blue Springs South beat Christian Brothers College 40-37
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