Out of the 30 million or so viewers of this year’s College Football Championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide, there was probanly only one person who even thought about replacing Jalen Hurts with freshman Tua Tagovailoa after halftime. Nick Saban. Love, hate, or envy the Tide because they get a lot of the top recruits and “Just win, Baby”, they also have the best head coach. This move was pure genius and cemented his name alongside another legacy. Someone called Bear and who happened to also coach Alabama. They both have six National Championships. Nick Saban will get more. Probably enough for all ten fingers and maybe a few for his toes. TuaTagovailoa is now a household name, even if you’re one of the several million who can’t pronounce his name without help. Yes, he threw the pass. Yes, DeVonta Smith caught the pass. But it was Nick Saban’s genius (or the riverboat gambler in him), that produced the opportunity. Roll Tide!
What a boring game unless you love defense. Thanks to Bortles’ running, because he couldn’t connect with a receiver, Jacksonville kept the Buffalo Bills from winning a playoff game in over 20 years. The Steelers will dominate the Jags, especially if Antonio Brown is healthy. We’ll see how Big Ben will be.
Matt Ryan and a stingy Falcons defense made lamb meat out of the Los Angeles Rams. When they score 20 or more points (this year not in last year’s Super Bowl choke), close the door and get ready for the next game. All predator bird game. Eagles without Carson Wentz have not scared anyone. Mattie Ice and gang will score more than 20-see ya next year Philly.
Not sure why this is happening but Kansas City can’t seem to win a playoff game at home. All those weapons and yet the streak is now 0 for the last 6. Part of it was due to Kelce getting smucked and out for the game (and now the season) because he failed the concussion protocol. The upstart young Titans reward? A visit to New England. The Chiefs handled them the first week of the season. Not a chance for Tennessee. I like Alex Smith but am glad the 49ers chose him ahead of Aaron Rodgers.
New Orleans’ elite quarterback Drew Brees fired missles and his receivers made all-pro adjustments to make catches as the Saints go marchin’ on to the second round of the playoffs. brees more than compensated for the ground game that was often stuffed by the Panthers defense. Speaking of defense, it was nice to see the NFC’s biggest crybaby on the ground several times. Next test? The Minnesota Vikings defense and their rejuvenated offense. If Sam Bradford plays instead of Case Keenum, I will not root for the Vikings, even though I would love to see them beat New England and be the first team to win a Super Bowl on their home field.
Last Saturday’s WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn reaffirmed my decision to stop watching boxing matches since Muhammed Ali unlaced his gloves for the last time. Pacquiao won that fight. The old man landed many more quality punches and had Horn on the ropes in the ninth round. Even the referee told him he was about to call it if he didn’t get his act together. All he did in the last three rounds was remain upright. At the end, one judge had the fight 117-111 in favor of Horn. How much was he paid or was he smoking something between rounds? Now the WBO is saying they are going to review the scoring. If they want to get it right, Manny Pacquiao is the champ.
Anthony Rizzo is not the old school type leadoff man. Doesn’t need to be. He’s not the little scrappy guy who’s always a threat to steal a base or two and who can exhibit a little HR power. He can,however work the count, get on base as well as knock the stuffing out of the ball. When manager Joe Maddon bats a position player in the ninth spot, Rizzo gets his chances at RBIs. Although he literally needs to steal a base,he foregoes the axiom of “you can’t steal first base”.Several times already, he is back in the dugout and the Cubs are already ahead. A much needed change in the the Cubbies lineup. maybe this is the spark to ignite a fizzling offense and pitching staff.
Praying that the Warriors put an end to the NBA season tonight. Why 3 days between games anyway? Put the Cavs out of their misery tonight please KD.
It’s still hard for me to envision hockey in the south. Although not a great NHL fan, I was hoping the Predators would hoist the Cup. They would’ve if they didn’t have to play in Pittsburgh.
The Chicago Cubs recently promoted Ian Happ to play with the big boys. Another young future star in my opinion. He’s a perfect fit for Coach Maddon. He’s versatile, can play infield or outfield, has power, and is a good fielder. Just another young talented prospect on a team laden with future, if not already stars. What a dilemma for the coach. Who, when. and where to play all these guys.
After evaluating the current starting pitching corps, as well as the roller coaster bullpen, I feel a trade for pitching is in the cards. With all this talent, someone will no longer be a Cubbie. I hope it isn’t Ian Happ. He is fun to watch.