Mike Shanahan is probably not in favor of the NFL's current setup, and who can blame him?
The Broncos have lost two overtime games this season and have not had an offensive possession in either game. And this doesn’t seem goofy to anybody. You could argue that the onus is on the defense to make a stand. Maybe you think the college rules turn overtime into an extended version of the Arena League. Or you may fancy that the college overtime ruins the integrity of the game by given each team an equal chance to score.
So what is the right answer?
Perhaps the best solution is to just call the whole thing a draw. You get 60 minutes to win the game, if not, that’s it. You move on, game over.
But personally, spending an extra 30 minutes or so watching two teams battle from the 25-yard line doesn’t seem like a bad way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Maybe people opposed to the college overtime rules would rather be watching DVDs or the Gilmore Girls or Charmed.
Having the game decided on an admittedly smaller field seems better than trusting it to a coin flip. (For the record, seven of the 10 teams that have won the coin flip in overtime went on to win the game.)
- True story: Britt and Garrett Reid along with Stephen Belichick were not allowed on the sidelines Sunday night because of rules forbidding felons from congregating near each other. Evidentially 53 1/3-yards isn’t enough space.
- Is anybody surprised that the Eagles were playing in a big game and Donovan McNabb was nowhere near it? The only reason the Eagles were in that game is because McNabb was not playing.
- Eli Messiah is spokesman for watches. Who were the ad wizards who came up with this idea? Eli Messiah – as boring as looking at a watch.
- Congratulations to the Oakland Raiders who just ended a 17-game losing streak against the worst division in the NFL.
- Oops, the NFC West just took offense, citing that they truly are the worst division in the NFL. And while were here, don’t go blaming that loss on the Kurt Warner Machine. As stated here in the past, the first clutch kick made by Neil Rackers will be the first. He’s lucky he didn’t ruin Team THN’s fantasy week.
- From Matt P: Kurt Warner is not a machine, he’s a man. It’s like Rocky IV. The Russian’s cut, the Russian’s cut …
- Maybe you can also blame Cardinals receiver Sean Morey who was caught from behind by the 49ers middle linebacker, Patrick Willis.
- The Chargers were highly motivated to beat Raven on Sunday in hopes that Baltimore will fire coach Brian Billick and he’ll end up in San Diego. But it’s starting to look like the quest for the NFL’s first 7-9 division winner is in danger. But here’s what is going to happen. The Chargers win the AFC West, and play host to Cleveland in the first-round of the playoffs and lose by about 40.
- Anybody else concerned that now that Bill Callahan is free, he could end up replacing Norv Turner in San Diego? You laugh, but did you think that Turner would ever get another NFL head coaching job?
- Fred Taylor has been running great, but you have to remember, he has the groin of a six-year old.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT
Ohio State fans are still holding out hope for a BCS championship game bid, but a 40-point loss to USC in the Rose Bowl is looming. And did anybody else notice that LSU dropped only a handful of spots after a home loss to an unranked team? Too bad the Trojans can’t get a chance to whoop on that team, too. Instead they will have to wait until Loss Miles has the Michigan Wolverines limping into a Rose Bowl.
Honestly, the best possible game for this season would have been for Oregon (with a healthy Dennis Dixon) to take on West Virginia. But Missouri will have to do.
- There are some people who do not like college football because they don't have a true playoff system. And those people are dopes. Imagine if the LSU vs. Arkansas game was an NFL game for a moment. The Tigers, already securing a win in the conference title game, would have benched all of its starters and the Razorbacks would have won by 50 points. That would have been mighty compelling, right? Maybe it's time that some people embrace both college and the NFL celebrating the differences and just enjoying the games.
- Please UCLA, keep Karl Dorrell. Until you want to pay big-time money for a big-time coach, you deserve to underachieve every year. But if you are going to fire Dorrell to bring in some other scrub, just stop. And for some reason, I see Chris Peterson being content at Boise State. The Broncos are ranked higher than the Bruins ... why would he want to take a step down?
- Hawaii deserves to be in a BCS bowl and just think, back-to-back years with a WAC team bringing in a huge payday. But Hawaii might not be so lucky to face such a horrible bowl coach like Bob Stoopes. Of course, the Rainbow Warriors still need to beat Washington, which they should be able to do.
- Some great firings over the weekend. Hey Nebraska, Art Shell is still available if you are so inclined. Norv Turner should be, too.
If you missed the player introductions during the Colorado vs. Nebraska game, you missed one of the best.
Thanks to Awful Announcing.