Cheers & Boos

The one & only Jake Stevens

Can a week go by without any college conference chaos?  Apparently not, as on Saturday word broke that Pittsburgh and Syracuse would leave the Big East to join the ACC.  In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if next week Pittsburgh and Syracuse apply to join the SEC.  Heck, it wouldn’t shock me if they tried to join the Pac-10 or Pac-12 or Pac-14 or whatever that conference is called now.  The only thing that would surprise me is if any school stands up to all this greed and says enough is enough.  But I can dream, can’t I?

CHEERS for the Buffalo Bills, the highest scoring team in the NFL.  The Bills haven’t had a winning season since 2004, but they are 2-0 after coming back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Oakland Raiders, 38-35.
BOOS to the NFL television rules, which caused CBS to switch me over from the last 27 seconds of the Raiders/Bills game to commercials and then the opening kickoff of the Chargers/Patriots contest.  At least the Heidi game was a mistake, this was done to me on purpose!
CHEERS for the Detroit Lions, the second highest scoring team in the league.  The Lions haven’t had a winning season since 2000, but they are 2-0 after a 48-3 thrashing of the Kansas City Chiefs, the most lopsided win in team history.
BOOS to the Lions coaching staff, keeping Matthew Stafford and Jahvid Best in the game in the 4th quarter when the game had long been decided.  The star QB and RB are injury prone, yet they were still throwing and running for no reason except to pad their stats.
CHEERS for the New England Patriots, the third highest scoring team in the league.  The Patriots haven’t had a perfect regular season since 2007, but they are 2-0 after dumping the Chargers, 35-21.
MORE CHEERS for the Patriots, who are likely to be the top scoring team by the end of the season, thanks of course to Tom Brady, who is on pace to throw for an obscene 7,570 yards and 56 touchdowns.  But it’s also because Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are the greatest pass-catching tight end duo in the history of the NFL.  In 2011, the pair combined for 87 catches, 1,109 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Through two games this season, the two-headed tight end monster has 24 catches, 337 yards and five touchdowns, which projects to a ridiculous 192 catches, 2,696 yards and 40 touchdowns.
CHEERS for Cam Newton, who once again threw for more than 400 yards for the Carolina Panthers.  He’d be leading the NFL in passing yards if it wasn’t for that Brady guy.
BOOS to the Panthers, who again wasted Newton’s heroics in a 30-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
CHEERS for Tony Romo, who rebounded from his 4th quarter debacle last week and broken ribs that sidelined him in the 3rd quarter this week to lead the Cowboys to a comeback, 27-24 overtime win at San Francisco.  Romo passed for 118 yards and led Dallas to a TD and game-tying field goal in the final period, then connected with Jesse Holley on the Cowboys’ first offensive play in overtime for a 77-yard catch and run that set up the game-winning field goal.
CHEERS for Holley, who made the Cowboys roster only after being invited to training camp in 2009 as the prize for winning Michael Irvin’s reality show, 4th and Long.
BOOS to Oklahoma State and Tulsa, who felt it was more important to play a college football game for money than to care about their players.  Because of weather issues, the game didn’t begin until after midnight.  Both coaches were concerned about player safety, but clearly not enough to stop the game that never should’ve been started.
BOOS to the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were wretched in their 24-6 loss to the Miami Hurricanes.  In the 3rd quarter, the Buckeyes ran 12 offensive plays for six total yards and zero first downs.  Not surprisingly, Ohio State is out of the Top 25 for the first time in seven years.
CHEERS for the Tampa Bay Rays, who took three out of four from the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park and pulled within two of the Sox in the AL Wild Card race.
LOUD CHEERS for the situation facing the Red Sox.  Humorously enough, Boston finds itself in the awkward position of rooting for the Yankees to win, because New York plays Tampa Bay seven times in the teams last 10 games.

THERE IT IS!

-Jake Stevens

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