So the divisional round of the playoffs is over after a really, really great weekend of football. I'd like to take the time now to bring up a quote once given by a famous person: "I personally am going to go with Indianapolis, New England, Chicago, and New Orleans." And what do you know, Indianapolis, New England, Chicago, and New Orleans shall all be headed to a Conference Championship Game next Sunday. I'd also like to take this time to bring up a quote once given by a not-so-famous person: " Baltimore, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia. Book it." The only things Baltimore, SD, and Philly players are booking right now are their plane tickets home.
Well, enough with the unsportsmanlike conduct, and on to Sunday Thoughts, the follow-up to Saturday Thoughts.
1. S. Alexander is a tad overweight... I came upon this conclusion after watching him rumble through a few of his first carries. If he was about 15 pounds lighter, I think he'd be a lot more explosive.
2. M. Hasselbeck flat out sucks. He makes awful decisions, and makes even more awful throws on the chance occasion that he does make a good decision. Last year, he just hid behind the "At least I win" excuse. Not any more.
3. Chicago is a lot worse than I thought. Especially defensively.
4. I honestly expected the SEA-CHI game to be a blowout, but Seattle didn't look half bad.
5. B. Berrian is pretty fast.
6. M. Morris is like a M. Turner-lite.
7. New Orleans has got to be pretty unhappy... they were so, so close to getting to play the Seattle Seahawks At Home. Oh, what a combination.
8. It must really suck to end a 14-2 season with a divisional round loss at home.
9. The SD-NE game was really one of intense mediocrity with turnovers all over the place.
10. R. Caldwell should have stayed inbounds.
11. L. Tomlinson looked really mad after the game, refusing to congratulate NE players. Interesting.
12. The Patriots head to their 4th AFC Championship game in 6 years, and T. Brady has suffered just one loss in his entire playoff career.
13. Next Sunday will see the 1st AFC Championship to be held in a domed stadium at the RCA Dome.
14. And finally, the state of Illinois will be the place to be next weekend, as it serves as the home to both the AFC and NFC Championship games.
Not quite ready to make my championship game picks... but let's just say over the last three years, I'm 0-6. And 11-1 in the divisional round.