I just had a profoundly sad realization – today will be the last day of real football gluttony for over 7 months. Yes, there’s still the Super Bowl, but that’s more of an event than red meat for the hard core fan. Plus, it’s only one game! With the NFL, one game a day is never enough.
First half Bears/Saints thoughts: Rex Grossman is either high, or has a double digit IQ. When your TE has to tell you what the rules for calling time outs are…that’s just sad. Drew Brees is so similar to the man who replaced him (Philip Rivers) that it’s scary. Duece McAllister needs more touches, IMHO. I think the Bears will win (despite the extreme disadvantage at the QB position), and have been predicting Colts/Bears all week long. Too many people are calling for upsets by the Pats and Saints, which is usually the kiss of death in the unpredictable NFL. An enjoyable game to watch since both sets of fans, coaches, teams, and cities are easy to like.
5:09 Update – Or maybe the Saints just need to get the ball to Reggie Bush in the open field. And I’m not really entitled to second guess Sean Payton (who was far and away the best coach in the NFL this season, IMHO), but I think it was a big mistake not to try a safe play to pick up 5-6 yards on 3rd and 10 from the Bears’ 29. Get in FG position, and see how Grossman reacts playing from behind with the home crowd ready to lynch him.
5:26 Update – This is the first snow game I have had the privilege to see in HD…and it’s incredible. Kudos to Fox for having the best HD quality of the broadcast networks. I am thinking the scoring is done at 18-14.
5:43 Update – So much for the scoring being done! Grossman really came through, then the defense got the jugular.
9:09 Update – I don’t care what Phil Simms says, I think that force out call was pretty weak. Fucking Patriots.