Just Football…

As sports fans we’ve all heard, “That’s why they play the game” several times. This past weekend the NFL made that expression true once again – the Chiefs beat the undefeated Packers and the winless Colts won a game.

If you are stopping by for the first time, “Just Football” is the Tuesday column where I take a look at some of the games ranging from the NFL all the way down to High School – and offer some commentary – and I also look ahead at upcoming games!

This week I take a look at an impressive team win, a note to some fans, games to watch, a monkey and a dog, bowl games, a holy cow stat in Division III football, and much more!

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

With all the upsets in the NFL on Sunday, I feel lucky to end the week at 7-9 in my football picking contest.  Did I really think the Colts would win their first game or that the Packers would trip and fall in Kansas City?  Nope.

Impressive:

This week’s impressive performance goes to the whole Kansas City Chiefs team (that’s my team!) for their win over the unbeaten Green Bay Packers.

Chiefs’ linebacker Tamba Hali sacked Aaron Rodgers three times in the game – discount double check that Rodgers…

That win by the Chiefs was a nice payback for that Super Bowl I loss against the Packers…

Note to Chiefs Fans:

Don’t anoint Romeo Crennel as the Chiefs head coach just yet.  He won his first game.  Good.  There are two games left in this try-out…then I would expect several interviews.

Unimpressive:

The area around Candlestick Park (home of the San Francisco 49ers) suffered two power outages during Monday Night Football.

Maybe someone tripped over an extension cord…

Unimpressive 2:

Hey Chiefs Fans -Those of you who sold your tickets to the Packer fans are scum – you also missed being there for a historic victory.  Those of us who get to see maybe one game every five years at Arrowhead would never do that if we lived in the KC area…

Playoffs:

There are still 11 teams in the AFC and 11 teams in the NFC alive for playoff spots.

In the AFC, four teams have secured playoff spots and in the NFC three teams have.

Check out the playoff scenarios HERE and HERE.

The Schedule:

Take notice folks – this week the majority of NFL games will be played on Saturday, December 24. 

There’s a game Thursday night (Houston @ Indianapolis), 13 games Saturday, one game Sunday (Sunday Night Football – Chicago @ Green Bay) and one game Monday (Monday Night Football Atlanta @ New Orleans).

Games of Significance:

Many games have playoff significance, but here are the ones which I will be paying attention:

-Oakland @ Kansas City (Raiders and Chiefs are still alive in the playoff hunt and even if they had not won a game, they hate each other so much I’d watch).

-NY Giants @ NY Jets (Battle for NY and for playoff lives)

-San Diego @ Detroit (As a Chiefs fan I am pulling for the Lions)

-Chicago @ Green Bay (Sunday Night Football from Lambeau Field!)

-Atlanta @ New Orleans (Monday Night Football!!)

Monkey and Dog:

The Denver Broncos had a great half-time show (they lost the game, though) –they had a monkey riding a dog around the field.  You wanted it; you’ve got it – 18 seconds of monkey riding dog:

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Three bowl games are under our belts (two of the three were competitive) and there are still about 32 left between now and January 9.  Check out the Bowl Schedule HERE.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)

Championship:

It will be #1 Sam Houston State taking on #2 North Dakota State in the FCS Championship game on January 7.

Sam Houston beat both Montana State and Montana on the way to the Championship game – North Dakota State will have some great game film to watch in preparing for Sam Houston, which is undefeated.

Congrats to the Grizzlies and the Bobcats for their successful seasons.

NCAA DIVISION II

Congrats to Pittsburg State (of Kansas) in winning the NCAA Division II National Championship over Wayne State (Minnesota) 35-21.

NCAA DIVISION III

Congrats to Wisconsin-Whitewater for winning the NCAA Division III National Championship over Mount Union (Ohio) 13-10.

Note (This is a holy cow stat):  This was the seventh straight time that Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union played for the Division III National Championship.  Whitewater now holds a 4-3 edge in the last seven games. Overall, Mount Union has won 10 National Championships and Whitewater has won four.

NAIA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Carroll College Saints (Helena, MT) fell to the St. Xavier Cougars (Illinois) 24-20 in the NAIA Championship game on December 17 in Rome, Georgia.

It was the Cougars first National Championship.

Fortunately, I was able to listen to the game on the internet through radio station KBLL-AM in Helena and followed the live blog from the Helena Independent Record newspaper.  Thanks to both for their coverage.

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