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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are You Ready For Football?

I admit that I am still a bit burned from last year's debacle with the Crimson Tide and the Denver Broncos. I mean, with the Tide winning three championships in four years and Tom Brady losing to Eli Manning in two Super Bowls, I guess that maybe I've just been having an embarrassment of riches lately. I'm not used to my teams and players winning absolutely nothing. 

It wasn't just that they lost, but how they lost, too. 

The Tide's two losses were agonizing. The loss to the Sooners wasn't as much because I kind of expected it, but the one to the Tigers? I'm still a little bit irked about that. Sure, we got the last word on Manziel and beat LSU, but we didn't seal the deal with the "State Championship." Very irksome, indeed. 

But that Super Bowl... I couldn't talk about it for the longest time. I still can't really talk about it, but I can't pretend it didn't exist, either. Peyton Manning and co. got their asses whipped. It wasn't fun. After being so good for so long just to have it all unravel so ingloriously in the biggest game... and to the Seahawks, of all teams... 

Of course, I figured something terrible would happen since the Broncos foolishly decided to wear orange. I just didn't think it would be that bad. 

I'm glad I don't live in an area where Seattle Seahawks fans exist. It's bad enough I got to deal with Auburn fans on a daily basis. 

I'm sure Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be back in top form, but I just... They got to win the Super Bowl. Period. Whatever it takes. The offense needs to play some smashmouth football and limit the turnovers. Those turnovers last year were the biggest flaw in that offensive machine. And that defense needs to be a defense that can do to other teams what the Seahawks did to them in the Super Bowl. I'm not sure what the odds are of that happening. Even Tony Romo looked good against the Broncos defense. 

Eli Manning also sucked terribly last year and if this preseason is in any way foretelling the same might very well be true this year. 

I don't even know who Alabama's quarterback will be this year. Jacob Coker of Blake Sims? And we have Lane Kiffin in a position of some authority over this, too. I really don't know what to expect. Will one of them be the next McElroy or McCarron? Can we survive LSU and Auburn? Is our offensive line going to be as good as it has been? Will our kicker do that whole "make kicks" thing? Beats me. 

The only thing I can say for sure is the Indianapolis Colts will probably win their division again before losing in the playoffs again to some team I really hate already. 

All of this being said, I am looking forward to football season. 


  1. Yes, I am ready for some football. I think the Dolphins will be decent. They were actually better than you think last year. Take away those three or four weeks when they were dealing with the Richie Incognito situation and they weren't too bad. Even with that situation they somehow managed an 8-6 record before totally tanking the last two weeks. This is year 3 for Tannehill and I expect him to be pretty good. I don't ever expect him to be a great QB but I think he can be in the very good category. He has looked sharp in pre season so far (for whatever that is worth).

    As for the Canes, I expect them to be getting back to being good again in the next couple of years. They can recruit again so I think they will start to rise. There is a lot of high school talent in the Miami area and those kids want to go to UM so when the Canes are not on probation, they have a pretty good selection of players to pick from right in there own back yard..

  2. With Sam Bradford going down, I can't help but think of the Rams back when they lost their starting QB in preseason and this unknown guy named Kurt Warner came in and took them to the Super Bowl. I'm certainly not predicting that to happen again but the situation seems similar.

    1. It does. I've always liked Kurt Warner's football story. It's tough not to. It is a real shame about Bradford. It's tough to remember what he even plays like anymore. Seemed like he had promise. I remember when he led the Rams to an-almost playoff berth that went to the 7-9 Seahawks. The year before that the Rams only had a win or two, I think.