Cheers & Boos

Jake Stevens is on Sports Overlaod

The baseball playoffs have started.  College football conference games have begun.  The NFL is playing Week 4.  Life as a sports fan is good right now.  The only problem is I don’t have enough time or televisions to watch it all.  But after 72 hours of sports insanity, I think I’m all caught up on everything.

CHEERS for Detroit sports fans, who haven’t had much to cheer about for a while.  The Tigers have taken home field advantage away from the Yankees and have Justin Verlander pitching Game 3 at home.  The Lions rallied from a 27-3 deficit to beat the Cowboys, 34-30 and remain unbeaten at 4-0.  And in case you hadn’t noticed, QB Matthew Stafford to WR Calvin Johnson is the greatest combination in the NFL right now and no other pairing is even close.
BOOS to Tony Romo and Dallas‘ offensive coordinator.  Up by 24 points in the 3rd quarter and with the Lions looking completely confused on offense, the Cowboys decided to keep throwing the ball instead of just running the clock and Romo threw a pair of Pick 6 interceptions that turned the game around.  He truly is the second coming of Brett “The F Word” Favre.
CHEERS for Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 408 yards and 4 TDs and ran for 36 yards and 2 TDs as the Green Bay Packers remained the only other undefeated team besides the Lions.  Counting the end of last year’s regular season and playoffs, the Lambeau Leapers have won 10 straight games, with Rodgers throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 26 TDs!
CHEERS for the NY Jets special teams returning a kickoff for a TD.
CHEERS for the NY Jets defense returning an interception for a score and holding Ravens QB Joe Flacco to just 10-31 passing for 163 yards and RB Ray Rice to only 66 yards on 25 carries.
BOOS to the NY Jets offense, which had two fumbles and one interception returned for TDs, leading the team to a 34-17 defeat.

$100million experiment gone horribly wrong

BOOS to the Philadelphia Eagles, turning a 23-3 lead against the offensively inept San Francisco 49ers into a 24-23 loss at home.  The defense was atrocious in the 2nd half and rookie K Alex Henery missed field goals of 39 and 33 yards in the 4th quarter that might’ve clinched the win.  At 1-3, the sexy pick to win the Super Bowl is now in big trouble just to make the postseason.  Call me vindictive, but this is what you get when you sign a convicted dog killer to a $100M contract.
BOOS to the officials in the Arizona Cardinals game, who botched an obvious fumble call that allowed the NY Giants to keep possession and throw the game-winning TD pass on the next play.  They ruled WR Victor Cruz “gave himself up” on a play where he stumbled to the ground untouched and then absentmindedly left the ball there to be recovered by Arizona.  I still can’t decide whether officials in pro sports are insanely corrupt or just obscenely incompetent.
CHEERS for the Milwaukee Brewers, up 2-0 in their playoff series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It’s the first time in franchise history they have won the first two games of a postseason series.
BOOS to Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, who allowed starter Ian Kennedy to pitch to slugger Prince Fielder in the 7th inning with two outs and a runner on 2nd in a 1-0 game, instead of walking him or bringing in a lefty.  Fielder promptly clubbed a home run, effectively ending the game.  It’s not like Gibson shouldn’t have known what to do, since HE HIT A HOME RUN THAT EFFECTIVELY ENDED THE 1984 WORLD SERIES IN A SIMILAR SITUATION AGAINST GOOSE GOSSAGE.  Those who fail to remember the past blah blah blah.
CHEERS for the Michigan State Spartans defense, which dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes in a 10-7 victory.  They held OSU to just 35 yards rushing on 39 carries in their first victory in Columbus since 1998.
BOOS to MSU’s defensive coordinator, who gambled on a big blitz with 10 seconds left, allowing OSU to throw a 33-yard TD pass.  It spoiled what should’ve been the first time the Buckeyes were


shut out at home in 184 games since 1982.
CHEERS for my Michigan Wolverines, who hammered the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 58-0.  It was the most lopsided win since they blanked the Indiana Hoosiers by the same score in 2000.  GO BLUE!


-Jake Stevens

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