So to start off, I just want to say I am aware it’s currently Wednesday, and that most people got their weekend sports recaps in somewhere in the sunday night/monday area, but I was busy doing other important things (like watching The Bachelor and writing a recap of that) so give me a break.
On paper it seemed like this past weekend should have been at least a good, if not great time to be sitting in front of the television for any sports fan. The NFL playoffs were starting with wildcard weekend, and if you are willing to tag Monday onto the weekend, than you also got the BCS National Championship game between Alabama and every white guy over 50’s favorite team, Notre Dame. Unfortunately for football fans, Saturdays games featured a field goal kicking contest between the Texans and Bengals, and the equivalent of a third string QB starting for the Vikings. The early game on Sunday didn’t give fans much more to cheer for, unless you’re a huge fan of Ray Lewis dancing, in that case you were totally in luck.
The most anticipated game of the weekend, between the Seahawks and Redskins turned out to be the best offering (not saying much). But after Robert Griffin III tore his ACL and LCL on a fumbled bad snap half way through the fourth quarter, the Seahawks were able to take the lead and put the game away. So not only were we given a slew of shitty games to watch to start the NFL playoffs, we also lost one of the brightest young stars in the game. RG3 underwent surgery today by Dr. James Andrew’s, who estimated the recovery time at 6-8 months, which would mean a return in time for the start of next season.
The highlight of Monday’s BCS title game, for all none Alabama fans in any case, was Brent Musburger’s enthusiastic reaction when Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s girlfriend appeared on the screen. Notre Dame’s defense could do nothing to stop an experienced Alabama offense, and their offense couldn’t do much either, not managing their first score until just over 4 minutes remained in the 3rd quarter, and with the team trailing 35-0 at the time. I would however like to thank both teams, I was struggling over whether to watch the game and just DVR The Bachelor or skip most of the game, they made the decision fairly easy.
College basketball was the one bright spot from the sports calendar this past weekend. Marquette and St. John’s both scored 1 point upsets over ranked opponents (#15 Georgetown and #14 Cincinnati respectively). #25 Kansas St. scored a small upset over #22 Oklahoma St. 73-67, and Rutger’s upset #24 Pitt 67-62 (note all rankings are from time of contest, not current). However, what on paper seemed to be the game of the weekend, #8 Ohio St. vs. #11 Illinois ended up being another huge disappointment with Illinois dominating from the start and winning easily 74-55.
The good news is, since it took me so long to get this post out, it’s already Wednesday, which means we’re halfway towards another seemingly good weekend of sports. The college basketball slate is packed with good games Saturday, #1 Duke vs. #20 NC State and #8 Minnesota vs. #5 Indiana both tip at noon (or if you’re a Syracuse fan like me, they also tip at noon vs. Villanova). And some other good games later in the day such as #14 Butler vs. Dayton at 2 and #16 San Diego St. vs. Colorado St. at 8 for people looking to get a look at west coast teams before march madness. Saturday also features two NFL divisional games, Baltimore vs. Denver at 4:30 and Green Bay vs. San Francisco at 8 pm. Sunday features a classic rivalry game in college basketball with #2 (and undefeated) Michigan vs. #15 Ohio St. at 1:30, and two more NFL playoff games, Seattle vs. Atlanta at 1 pm and Houston vs. New England at 4:30. I’ll be back next Wednesday-ish, hopefully with a lot more action to recap.
Just remembered I forgot the most exciting story from the weekend in sports, Kevin Garnett said Carmelo Anthony’s wife Lala tasted like honey nut Cheerios, and Carmelo did not appreciate it. They were both ejected from the game following double technicals, and according to this grainy video from TMZ Carmelo waited at the Celtics team bus to confront Garnett. (This is like basketball wives, except it would be basketball husbands and good players are involved).