Thoughts on Two Halls of Fame…

I have been watching baseball since I was a kid, I played little league, went to a lot of games over my lifetime, I grew up watching players like Reggie Jackson, Ken Griffey, Pete Rose, and Cal Ripken Jr.  Love the game, love the strategy, the movement of a curveball or a slider when it totally stops a hitter in his tracks, making him look like an idiot.  I love the long ball, and got caught up in the excitement of 1998 when McGuire and Sosa raced for the HR title, loved watching Randy Johnson intimidate a .400 hitter with his 102 mph fastball.  Today’s game is different than it was just 10 years ago, and the game then was different than how it was in the 80’s just like the game was different in the 80’s than it was in the 50’s and 60’s.  However, what has not changed is the process to elect members to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and that, for me is something that should be changed.  Too many times we have seen that deserving people do not get in, and too many times we have seen people that maybe should not have gotten in at the time get in on the first ballot.  This is true for both the Baseball hall of fame and the NFL Hall of fame, the process to elect its members has become a “cool kids club” and those given the power to elect its members have used that power to set their agenda, and that my friends is wrong.  Players should be judged for what they did on the field, not what kind of person they were, and the vote certainly should not be used to be your platform for some bullshit political agenda because some player was rude to you during an interview in 1986 when he was in college. Enshrinement in the Hall of Fame is a reward for a career of success, for being the best in your sport,  and it is for being recognized by your peers for your achievements during your career.

Yesterday the BBWAA selected the 2014 class of Hall of Famers, and after all the votes were tallied 3 players got in, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.  These three will join managers Bobby Cox, tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre as fellow enshrinees in July when they are placed in Cooperstown and will forever be known as Hall of Fame players/managers.  While in my opinion, Maddox should have been a unanimous decision, 16 people left him off their ballot, and while Craig Biggio is very deserving of being in the Hall and in fact should have probably gone in last year, he was 2 votes shy of being voted in.  2 votes!!  think about that for a minute…  if 2 people had ignored their agenda, Craig Biggio would have been a Hall of famer.  One guy voted for jus one player..  Jack Morris, another voter left his ballot BLANK.  so if they would have just checked one more box, Biggio is in.  I read three articles regarding this on SB Nation this morning that fully explains the process, the snubs and how the MBWAA has become a sham, a joke, and a platform for those that feel they are bigger than the game.  These articles can be found here here and here .  please read them and post your feelings about this process below.  These writers are much more talented than I am and can project much better than I the flawed process of how the voting is done. 

Today the NFL will announce its 15 modern-day finalists for the class of 2014 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  These finalists will join 2 seniors nominees Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.  these finalists will be whittled down to the final choices at the final selection at the time of the Super Bowl and could end up being as much as 7 enshrinees to the Hall.  The selection committee consists of one media rep from each of the 32 NFL cities, with NY getting 2 reps, one for each team.  the rest of the committee has one member of the PFWA and 13 at large members.  Once again this process is flawed as well and I have voiced my opinion on this process during my show countless times.  It all boils down to politics, popularity, and people who have no business selecting the enshrinees any more than I do, since I never played the game nor am I a sportswriter that covers the game.  the process is not perfect, and we all know that, but there has to be a better way to select these legends, while at the same time, honoring our past, the history of the game, and paying respect to those that put their bodies on the line week after week to play a game they love. 

Wild Card Weekend

This past weekend began the NFL Playoffs and what an exciting weekend it was.  3 games that came down to the wire and one game that saw a perennial one and done team once again shoot themselves in the foot.  I did not get to see the games live on Saturday as my offline job got in the way, but looking at the highlights and the replays, I really enjoyed the drama.  My  recap is below and let me just say that if this weekend is any indication of how the playoffs are going to be leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb 6, the excitement and drama will continue….

Kansas City at Indianapolis –

  • Andrew Luck finally showed that his magic was not limited to just the regular season. Indy overcame a 38-10 deficit early in the 3rd quarter to bring the Colts all the way back to win 45-44 on Saturday, completing the second largest comeback win in NFL history. Luck threw for 3 interceptions and looked like he was going to give the game to KC, but he started to bring the Colts back early in the 3rd quarter after the Chiefs jumped out to that 38-10 lead. The defense stepped up to the plate in the second half only allowing 6 more points after Luck threw an INT on the opening series of the second half, putting the ball at the Indy 18 and the Chiefs scoring a TD to put the Chiefs up 38-10. The other star of this game was T Y Hilton, finishing with 13 catches for 224 yards, including a 64 yard TD that Luck placed perfectly over two defenders that put the Colts up for good in the 4th quarter. Hilton has been big for the Colts this year, especially after Reggie Wayne went down, becoming the #1 target for Luck for most of the season. The Chiefs had to overcome adversity from almost the start of the game when Jamaal Charles went down to injury, suffering a concussion and did not return after the 6th play of the game. After that they lost at least three more players to injury, including WR Donnie Avery and CB Brandon Flowers. Despite being up by 28 points the injuries eventually caught up with them and they could not hold on to the lead. Don’t get me wrong, this win could not have been possible had the Colts defense not been able to shut the Chiefs offense down in the second half, but this win belongs to Luck and the offense for never giving up and staying focused on their game plan and being able to come up with big plays when they were needed. On the Kansas City Plus side, Alex smith was brilliant, throwing for for 378 yards and four touchdowns. The only blemish on his stat line was a forced fumble by Robert Mathis that was the turnaround point for the colts, allowing them to start their comeback and get back in the game. The teams combined for 1,049 yards to set an NFL postseason record and the combined 89 points was the third largest in postseason history. The Colts now go to New England to face the Patriots, and they may need Luck to come up with some more magic if they are to advance tot he AFC Championship.

New Orleans at Philadelphia –

  • The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game, they cant win away from the Superdome, the New Orleans Saints cant win in cold weather. The first statement is fact, the last two statements were what the pundits and experts said leading up to this game, and up to yesterday, the Saints had not proved any of them wrong. In a game that started out slow, with just 13 points in the first half, exploded in the second half culminating with a Shayne Graham 32 yard field goal as time expired giving the Saints 26-24 victory at Lincoln Financial field in Philadelphia. The Eagles rallied from a 13-point deficit with less than 5 minutes to play but a Darren Sproles 39 yard KO return and a horse collar tackle penalty tacked on to that put the Saints in position to get the ball in FG range at the Philly 48 yard line. The Saints ran the clock with the running game and Graham hit the game winner as time expired. The saints Defense, led by Coordinator Rob Ryan, held the most prolific run offense in the NFL to just a total of 80 yards. The Saints, in turn, put up 185 yards on the ground, even without Pierre Thomas on the roster due to injury. The Eagles, after going 4-12 last year under Andy Reid, followed that up with a final record of 10*-7 in Chip Kelly’s first year as head coach. They will get a lot of weapons back next year and show no signs of relinquishing the division crown next year and in my opinion, are the favorite to win that division in 2014. The Saints now have to travel to familiar territory when they face the Seahawks next week in the most unfriendly stadium in the NFL. They will have to be at their best, and after getting blown out of the building on Dec 2, 34-7.

San Diego at Cincinnati –

  • It was cold, but no where near the cold of that famous 1982 playoff game in which the Bengals beat the Chargers in the AFC Championship. Today would not be the Bengals day. Andy Dalton once again proved that he may not be the answer to the quarterback position in Cincinnati due to imploding over and over again. The Bengals QB threw 2 costly picks in the second half and the chargers got hot in the second half with a 20-0 run beating the Bengals 27-10 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. After this loss there are a lot of questions remaining for the Bengals the first and foremost question is the future of Andy Dalton. Is he the QB this franchise needs? Is he going to be able to overcome his demons and get the Bengals over the hump? They haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years and are 0-5 under Marvin Lewis as the head coach which leads to the other question facing the Bengals in the off season. Is Lewis the coach that the Bengals need to get them to the next level? It seems a lot like the situation the Bucs faced in 2001 while under Tony Dungy. Dungy, while fielding the NFL’s top defense, could not field an offense to score points and get through to the Super bowl. They had a series of losses, particularly to the Eagles, and after the NFC Championship in 2001, the Bucs fired Tony and brought in Jon Gruden, and the rest, as we all know was history. The Bucs lost to the Eagles during the regular season the next year but came back for the NFC Championship once again and finally got the monkey off their back and beat the Eagles and would go on to win the Super bowl. My point is this, the Bengals are a good team, with great players, and a good coaching staff. They have not ben able to win in the playoffs, and despite not being a fan of Mike Brown, the owner of the Bengals, son of legend Paul Brown, he has to be as frustrated as the fans that his franchise seems to fail time and time again when it matters most. The Bengals were undefeated at home this year, and went 4-0 against playoff teams this season, but once again, when all the stars seemed aligned for them in this game, the fall flat once again and are one and done. A lot of questions for this team in the off season. As for San Diego, they will now travel to Denver to face the Broncos, a team they beat in Denver a few weeks ago, surprising everyone. The Chargers are riding on a 5-game winning streak. They were 5-7 on December 1, but here they are, in the divisional round, playing to go tot he NFC Championship. I really believe the Broncos were rooting for Cincinnati today because I don’t think they wanted to face San Diego, a team that knows them well, and has come close to sweeping the Broncos, if not for an epic comeback by Peyton Manning in San Diego earlier this season. It will be a great game, it will be cold, and Rivers is getting hot at the right time. This is by no means a done deal in Denver, San Diego will give the Broncos all they can handle.

San Francisco at Green Bay –

  • It was cold, but it didn’t matter to the San Francisco 49ers as they went to the “frozen tundra” of Lambeau Field and beat the Green Bay Packers with a last second 33 yard field goal by 38 year old Phil Dawson for a 23-20 win, sending them on to the divisional round against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.  Colin Kaepernick once again showed why he is clutch, throwing for 227 yards and a TD while also running for 98 yards, the most ground yards for any player from all teams that played this weekend.  the play by Kaepernick culminated when while at the Packer 38, 3rd and 8 with 1:13 left in the game, Kaepernick escaped the pocket and ran down the sidelines for an 11 yard gain, a first down and putting San Francisco into FG range for the winning kick.  This is their 3rd straight win against the Packers in both regular season and playoff games, the first two at Candlestick Park, while this last one coming on the Packers home field.  the 9ers took advantage of a depleted secondary and Kaepernick was just brilliant showing poise and leadership in the victory.  Though they lost, the Packers seemed down and out when Aaron Rogers went down to a broken collar bone earlier in the season.  he missed 7 games while out and the Packers went 2-5-1 in that span, including the game he got hurt, but still managed to win the division after Rogers came back against the Bears for the division clinching game.  one has to wonder what the Packers season might have been had Rogers not gone down, but the what-ifs and the what could have beens mean nothing when you are sitting home in January, your season over.  San Francisco, on the other hand seems ready for another run at a championship with the return of Michael Crabtree, who was not in the game earlier this year against the Panthers in San Francisco, they have all of their weapons in place and are riding the momentum train.  I feel this game will be different than the last, it will be a defensive battle yes, since these two teams have two of the best defenses in the NFL, if not the two best, but with the return of Crabtree, and the return of form of Kaepernick, the 9ers have the look of being prepared to pay back the panthers for that earlier loss at home, and seem on a collision course with Seattle for the NFC championship.  Seattle has to get by the Saints, but the last time they played new Orleans the sent them home with their tails between their legs with a aforementioned 34-7 drubbing.  It is tough to beat Seattle at home, the have only lost one game since Russell Wilson has been QB, and that was a week 16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.  If they get past Carolina, I am quite sure they will be watching that AZ film to see how it’s done, as will Carolina if they win. 

thanks for reading, and remember the Sports Nerds are on the air for a live Spreecast every Sunday night at 7:30.  with the NFL season winding down, and Super Bowl XLVIII right around the corner, look for us to get a bit creative for the 90 minutes we are on the air each week.  Just cause football season ends, we don’t stop and we will continue as normal.  there are plenty of sports to talk about, and we will try and keep it entertaining and enjoyable for all. 

Have a great week everyone!!

Get in the game…  Or sit on the bench…..  it’s up to you

Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright

Let the Shit be Stirred

***DISCLAIMER..  if you are easily offended and turned off by profanity, tough shit, its MY blog***

 

I am about to stir up a hornets nest, and frankly I don’t care, cause its about time someone did it.  I may be off base, I may not understand the ins and outs of how a traffic exchange is programed or how to code, but for fucks sake I am tired of this shit.

What am I talking about? well, Ill get to that in a minute but first this:

I love to surf traffic exchanges, I have been doing it now for damn near two years and ever since David Eaton came out with Traffic Browser I have loved it even more.  Its smooth, it allows me to click up to 250 pages per site per hour and it has been a godsend.  Traffic exchanges are an excellent way to advertise your business, along with List Builders, Paid to click sites, Mailers, and the like, but my favorite to this point has been the Traffic exchanges.  As an online affiliate, I find it an easy way to market my programs, and get to as many people as I can.  I am a member of over 30 Exchanges at last count and I surf at least 20 of them on a daily basis.  With all that said, an issue has been festering in my gut for months and now it has come time to get it out.

I was sitting in my bean bag this morning, eating Cheetos, drinking my coffee, smoking my 1 of 4 packs of cigs a day, surfing my favorite sites, and what do I behold?  FRAME BREAKERS..  these damn frame breakers are pissing me off.  What’s a frame breaker you say?  well it is a site being advertised by some schmuck that refuses to play by the rules, specifically the code in the ad navigates you away from the traffic exchange and takes you to their affiliate page to FORCE you to look and (hopefully) sign up for their program.  Ok well lets allow that to simmer for a moment and look at what reaction they get from me.  First thing, I scream at my screen and say a few colorful metaphors that I would not say in the presence of my mother, then I have to go back and re-load the damn traffic exchange, login again…go through their login offer, and finally after about 30-45 seconds, get back to surfing. 

You notice NO WHERE in that statement did I say I actually click or take advantage of the offer that was presented before me right?  Well that’s because the stupid asshole that put that site into rotation doesn’t deserve to wipe my ass let alone deserve to have me click on their offer.  Stop, just stop, you’re pissing us all off, and we are sick of it.  you want to impress me?  You want me to click on your ad?  Make it stand out, make it good, don’t FORCE me to your affiliate page, and for fuck’s sake DON’T BREAK THE FUCKING FRAME.  If you cant handle that, then you just need to go the fuck away.  These are the sites JUST TODAY that broke my damn frame:

Big Health Tree, Ad Fly (god I hate that site), Lycos Video, Beyond the Dow, and Satellite Hits(Christ that domain is expired and I got a Domain page), they all need to be taken out behind the woodshed, shot, and their dead carcasses fed to the hogs, never to return.

Now, with that all being said, there are a couple of groups out there I would like to address regarding this issue, and that’s where the shit storm begins, cause I am calling out TE owners and programmers.  Some will tell you that the frame breaker is just part of the business and we have to get used to it. 

BULL. 

Look, I love each and every  one of the owners, the programmers and all of the friends I have met on this nearly two year journey, I respect all of you more than you know, but for the life of me I cant figure out why we haven’t taken care of this problem, these sites are ruining the experience of surfing your sites, they are pissing your members off, some of which actually PAY to surf your sites.  I am not pointing fingers at any one individual, I am calling out the industry as a whole, and I challenge you for 2014 to find some way, some code, some program that will eliminate once and for all the frame breaker in our industry.  don’t tell me it cant be done, don’t tell me it is impossible.  If NASA can put a man on the moon in 1969 with less code than it takes to run a freaking CELL PHONE then there is someone out there that can come up with a way to get rid of these abominations.  The person that figures it out is going to make a SHIT LOAD of money, cause you will have every TE owner in the business knocking at your front door buying that Plug-in for their TE.  Whether it be a TE owner, a programmer, or just some schmuck like me that can figure it out, please do so, cause it is just a pain in the ass. 

OH and one final note to those other assholes that use popups to “confirm” I want to navigate from their site.  IF I DIDN’T WANT TO NAVIGATE AWAY I WOULDN’T HAVE CLICKED THE DAMN ICON TO GO TO THE NEXT SITE!!! Stop… just Stop…

That’s my rant for today, I am the Sports Nerd and I HIGHLY approve this message……

First Guest Blog Post….

Ladies and gentlemen, most of you will know this guy from the TE world.  He is a good friend of mine, he shares my passion for sports, whether it be Football, Baseball, NASCAR, or whatever, he loves sports and has a true passion for it.  I met Tom online about a year ago (this past year has been a blur and I cant remember my name half the time, let alone details) and he shared a post he made and wanted to know if I could post it to this blog, since the primary focus of it is on Sports and the sports world.  Since I HIGHLY respect his writing, as well as his opinions, I jumped at he chance.  So I am going to post it, and will stop rambling.  Thanks Tom for sharing this!! 

OH!!  he has his own blog that focuses on the online business community and he has a straight-talk view and take on how he sees it.  His blog can be found HERE so go check it out and feel free to follow him, you wont regret it.

 

Oh, this is a fun time of year.  Army v Navy, the pros are scrambling to the playoffs, it’s almost bowl season…

My Alma Mater, Eastern Washington University (It was EWStateCollege when I went:)) is playing a playoff game at home against Jacksonville State at 4:00pm EST.  Go Eagles.  (It was Go Savages when I went:))

So why am I so freaking angry?  I’ll tell you Bunkie!

I am pissed off this time every year because of the lack of playoff system in the Division I ranks.  I’m not so sure Auburn is the most qualified team to face FSU in the championship.  In fact, I think there are probably 10 teams that could beat Auburn on any Saturday, Alabama and Missouri being just two.

I’ve heard all the arguments, and they just don’t wash with me.  Bowl Integrity?  BullShit.  Scheduling problems?  HorseShit.  Too much time off for the poor athletes?  CatShit.  Christmas holiday?  CamelShit.  Or DonkeyShit, pick your favorite Christmas animal.

I think I see a trend.  All the arguments are shit.  It’s all about the money, power and control.  That’s all.

Let’s say for instance that the BCS started a playoff next weekend.  16 teams, as picked from the two major polls.  If there is a tie at the bottom of the seeding list, have a popular vote on line for the last two or three.  16 teams will get you enough depth to insure that all the teams that have a legitimate shot get a place.  Sorry Fresno State, you didn’t get it this year.  Try again.

So.  December 23  8 games.  Where to play them??  Home of the highest seed?  You think the colleges would like that??  One more home game to line the coffers?  You bet your ass they would…

Why not have 8 of the ‘minor bowls’ host?  You think the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Las Vegas Royal Purple Bowl or the Famous Idaho Potatoes bowl would jump at that chance?  You think there would be a TV friendzy?  You think????

December 30  4 games.  Now where?  How about Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl on Jan 1??  You think there would be a TV friendzy for THAT line up??  Oh my…

January 8  2 games.  Weekday, primetime, winners move on to the National Championship.  Would that work for you?  Would for me, I can say for sure.

January 15  National Championship Game.  2 teams that truly earned the spot.  Put it on me, Sister.  I can’t wait.

January 16  Only 1 month to Daytona.  Pitchers and Catchers report in a month.  Superbowl is 2 weeks away.  How bad can that be??

It just makes too much sense.

I’m just sayin’


Tom Wacker

http://tomwacker.com

Thoughts On A Wonderful Football Weekend

December is a great time of year, with Christmas and New Yeas around the corner, people are in the holiday spirit, the weather is getting colder, (except here in FL) and the football season is winding down, bowl games are decided, playoff births are being earned, and the intensity is getting to a fever pitch.  I love this time of year, and I get fired up when I see the playoff picture is getting clear and teams are ramping up their game to push for the final playoff spots in the NFL. 

Lets begin with the college games on Saturday.  Auburn defeats Missouri in the SEC Championship 59-42 behind the running of Tre Mason who put his name in the Heisman talk with an impressive 304 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Auburn vaulted themselves into the BCS championship with that win due to Ohio State falling flat o their face, something I predicted last week. 

Michigan State beat Ohio State in the Big 10 championship 34-24, spoiling OSU’s chances at playing for a national championship and proving doubters (including myself) right as to how weak of a Number 2 OSU actually was.  Their defense had been giving up more points to teams they should have been pounding all year long, including over 600 yards of offense to a weak Michigan squad, who had lost to teams such as Ohio university during the season.  Yes there is a lot of emotion when Michigan plays Ohio State, but OSU with their #2 ranking should have won more decisively if they were to be considered an elite team.  Their schedule was weak, and the Big 10 was horrible this year. 

Michigan State wins the Big 10 and will face Stanford in the rose Bowl after The Cardinal defeated Arizona State in the PAC 12 championship 38-14 to go to their second consecutive Rose Bowl. 

To no ones surprise, Florida State manhandled Duke 45-7 to win the ACC championship, setting up a showdown with Auburn in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena Jan 6.  This is the matchup everyone wanted, after Auburn defeated Alabama last weekend with that dramatic missed FG return as time expired, and it promises to be a much hyped showdown, with both teams having high powered offenses.  The key is going to be which team will have the better defense.  I am going to predict that it will be a close game, but I feel FSU has more weapons and the better defense and will win their first championship since 1999.  I am very much looking forward to this game and may actually take the day off from work so that I can enjoy it and not have to watch the “game cast” from my computer at work.

The rest of the BCS bowl games are set, as you have Oklahoma and Alabama facing off in the Sugar Bowl, Ohio State and Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Missouri and Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl and the aforementioned Rose Bowl with Michigan State and Stanford.  I have found myself really into the college games this year, with all of the excitement and drama that has been going on, The dispute over how “good” Ohio State is, the Jameis Winston Case, Alabama trying to three-peat, Dukes rise to prominence in a sport other than Basketball or Field Hockey, and the final year of the BCS.  There will be a playoff system in place next year, with the top four teams vying for the right to play in the Championship.  I say good riddance to the BCS, as it has done nothing but cause controversy.  It has always been a flawed system and a playoff has always been the best way to go, as the Div. 1 teams have been doing a “bracket style” playoff system for decades.  It isn’t a perfect solution, because it only involves the top 4 teams, where an ideal situation would make it a 8 or 16 team playoff system, but it is a start and I am glad to see it finally happen.  Next year will definitely be a better process and will have a clear cut winner, with the computers being thrown out of the equation. 

As for the NFL, well, lets just say this past weekend is the reason I love this game so much.  You had excitement in nearly every time zone yesterday with 4 games coming down to the last seconds of the game, all of which had playoff implications.  You had whiteout conditions in Philadelphia, where the Eagles beat the Lions, freezing temps and snow in Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Green Bay,  Controversy, bad calls, record breaking scoring (90 touchdowns in all) and injuries that could cost at least one team in the Playoffs.  Matt  Prater kicked a Record Setting 64 yard for for the Broncos, eclipsing the  record of 63 yards set by Jason Elam in the same stadium only a few years ago.  Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and is done, hurting NE’s playoff chances once they get there.  Adrian Peterson went down with an ankle injury early in the game against Baltimore and though X-rays were negative he is going to have an MRI sometime today to see what damage was done.   

Miami beats Pittsburgh on the final play of the game, as the Steelers tried the always entertaining “lateral it til we lose” play.  it was 4th and 4 from their own 26 yard line and Big Ben completed a pass to Emmanuel Sanders and that’s where the fun began.  After what appeared to be about 200 laterals, the ball finally ended up in the hands of Antonio Brown who scampered down the sideline and appeared to have scored the winning TD with no time left on the clock, but after further review, Brown had stepped out of bounds at the 12 yard line, ending the game and Pittsburgh’s faint playoff hopes.  Brown’s foot was maybe 2 inches out of bounds, but it was enough. 

In New England, the Patriots score 2 TD’s in the last minute of the game to beat the Browns.  This ending was marred by a controversial Pass Interference call in the end zone on Leon McFadden.  It appeared that there was no interference, that they both were going for the ball, and McFadden’s hand just happened to be on Josh Boyce’s left shoulder, but did not impede him in anyway for going for the ball, but the Ref’s, in their eternal wisdom saw it a different way and called the PI, placing the ball on the Cleveland one yard line.  Brady hit Julian Edelman one play later and the comeback was complete.  The Patriots were outplayed for 58 minutes but Brady being Brady, it seemed that it was just inevitable that the Pats would come back to win that game.  The Browns did manage to get the ball back with 35 seconds left, were able to drive to the patriots 39 yard line, allowing Billy Cundiff to try a last second 58 yard FG, but it was short and the Pats win.  The win keeps New England as the second seed in the AFC, just above Cincinnati, who had a dominating win against the Colts yesterday.

In San Francisco, The 49ers Phil Dawson kicked a 22 yard FG with 26 seconds left to lift The team to a win over Seattle, in a battle of NFC powerhouses.  The win only made the race in the west that much closer with each winning games against each other at home, Preventing Seattle from clinching or at least close to clinching the division. Despite the loss, Seattle clinched a playoff spot, but did not get the division.  The road to New York still runs through Seattle, and if San Francisco is hoping to get back to the Super Bowl, then they will more than likely have to beat Seattle at home in the playoffs to do it.  These teams prove week after week that they are the class of the NFC, with maybe New Orleans and Carolina a close third and fourth respectively in the conference.  The NFC is clearly the stronger conference this year and whomever comes out of the NFC to represent in the Super Bowl, The AFC better be ready, cause they will have a big fight on their hands.  I like Seattle at this moment, only because the have the best record in the NFC and if any other team hopes to get to the championship they will have to beat Seattle in their house, a tall task for sure.

Wrapping up the fantastic finishes, we go to Baltimore, where for the first 3 quarters, the Ravens and the Vikings only managed to score a combined 13 points, but then in the fourth quarter, the scoring fiasco began.  Combining for 44 points in the 4th quarter, they provided perhaps one of the most exciting endings to a game I have ever seen in my 40 years as an NFL fan.  Six different lead changes, 5 TD’s in the last 125 seconds, and a spectacular catch by a rookie in the end zone with 9 seconds left to play capped off a flurry of scoring in a game that no one seemed to want to win.  With 2””:05 left to play, Dennis Pitta, returning for his first game since separating his hip in preseason caught a 1 yard pass on 4th down to put Baltimore ahead 15-12.  Toby Gerhart then ran 41 yards for a score to put the Vikings up 19-15 with 1:27 to go.  Jacoby Jones then took the ensuing Kickoff 77 yards to the house to put the Ravens back on top 22-19 with 1:16 left. Matt Cassell then tossed a 79 yard TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson with 45 seconds left to play and seemingly putting the Ravens away for good 26-22.  Flacco was not done though and he drove the Ravens  80 yards in Five plays that took all of 41 seconds.  The drive concluded with Flacco hitting Rookie Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone to put the Ravens up for good with just 4 seconds to play capping off the scoring frenzy.  The Win kept Baltimore’s playoff hopes alive with just 3 games left in the season.  They play 3 division leaders in that time frame, with games in Detroit, Cincinnati and a home game against the Patriots.  it’s a tough hill to climb for them but this win kept their hopes alive.

I cant remember a more exciting weekend of football than what was presented to us the last two days.  the stretch run is upon us for both College and Pro Football, and if the last 3 months are any indication, we have a lot more exciting drama left to go.  I cant wait for it to happen, and all I can think is that it will all be over in just 2 short months from now.  There are three Playoff spots taken after this weeks games, the Broncos, Colts, and Seahawks all clinched spots, with the Colts clinching the AFC South , despite losing to the Bengals.  Buckle up folks, its only gonna get wilder as we sprint to the finish.