I’ve been watching football attentively for almost 30 years now. You would think I would have learned a thing or two along the way, but apparently, I’m as clueless now as I was the first game I actually sat down and paid attention to. Nevertheless, that has never stopped me from sharing my opinions on all things pigskin. Here’s what I’ve observed so far this season:
College: The Florida Gators are a great football team, but they are not the number one team in the country. I know it’s theirs to lose, but they’ve yet to play a top 25 opponent, and their vaunted defense has looked inconsistent at times. I think Alabama is the number one team in the country, and oh by the way, Boise State could end the season at number two. They dismantled an Oregon team the first game of the year so badly that we all thought Oregon was a really bad team. Turns out, Oregon is pretty darn good. Oregon may very well win the PAC 10. If Oregon wins out and Boise State wins out, it’s going to be tough to keep Boise State out of the National Championship game (mythical as it may be). I’m picking LSU to lose this week, and Alabama will eliminate Florida or if I’m wrong about Florida, they will eliminate Alabama. Texas has a gauntlet of games left that include Oklahoma and a conference championship if they make it that far. There are a lot of chances for Boise State to take that number two spot.
NFL: I’ve watched two Colts’ games this year, and I have to tell you, I’ve never seen Peyton Manning this relaxed. He’s always been able to manage a game better than anybody, but this year he’s managing games better than even Peyton Manning. When Bob Sanders comes back, the defense will up its game, and the Colts will be hard to keep out of the Super Bowl. The scary thing is the Giants are looking good, too. Their running game is awesome, and their defense can dominate a game. We could have a Manning brothers’ Super Bowl this year. BTW – My Panthers suck! Tim Tebow could be a Carolina Panther next year… if we didn’t give away our first round pick.
Fantasy: Proof positive I have no idea what I’m talking about. The team I complained about earlier this year is 3-0. I tweaked the roster a little, but not enough to make the claim that I’m a fantasy football genius. The other team where I spent time lining up the picks for the draft is 1-2. And that one win was by the skin of my fantasy teeth.