posted on Jan, 16 2005 @ 10:46 PM
"Weather" you like it or not, Cato June, Jeff Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts can't compete on January Sundays in Foxborough. Amidst nationwide
prognostications of doom, the thoroughbreds of New England made the Colts look like just that: Untried, immature asses. As for those dome-loving,
"fair-weather" Indy fans, they could hardly bear to see their dreams snowed in by the Pats D for a second straight season. It seems defense - not
offense - still wins championships after all...
Forget about Peyton Manning's record-setting regular season statistics. If you did the math before Sunday's divisional playoff, the aftermath would
have seemed obvious. Because when it comes to Colts/Patriots, the numbers always add up. Brady is now 7-0 in the post-season and 6-0 against Manning,
who's 0-7 at Foxborough. Oh, and the Patriots? They've won 20 in a row at home. See what I mean? It's academic...
Speaking of which, the "Big Three" - Manning, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James - once again got taken to school by
Professor Belichick. The trio led the Indy offense to just three points and no touchdowns, effectively failing this season's final exam. You might
even say that defensive tackle Larry Tripplett (6 tackles, 1 sack) had a bigger game than the three of them combined...
Manning might be the two-time defending MVP of the NFL, but Brady remains the league's most valuable player. Just ask Dan Marino, Jim Kelly or any
other retired quarterback who never won the big one, and they'll tell you that Brady's two Super Bowl MVP trophies will always outshine regular season
"Idiot kicker" Mike Vanderjagt found enough time to take his foot out of his mouth to kick a 23-yard field goal just before halftime. Sadly though,
Vanderjagt never saw the field again - seems the Patriots weren't "ripe for the pickin'" after all. Oh well. Maybe he was talking about special
teamer Je'Rod Cherry the whole time...
Moments before kickoff, during a pre-game chat with CBS sideline reporter Bonnie Bernstein, Colts head coach Tony Dungy was eager to put the past
behind. "There's a lot of things that don't matter," said Dungy. "Like the score in the previous games, the weather and the field." How wrong he was.
Maybe history wasn't a factor in Sunday's lop-sided loss, but the elements and the field - better known as the all-important home field advantage -
Pittsburgh is riding Lady Luck - not "the Bus" - all the way into the AFC Championship. The Steelers may have won their divisional playoff against the
Jets, but they played like a bunch of losers. As if two fourth quarter turnovers weren't bad enough, they needed two missed field goals by Jets
kicker Doug Brien just to make it to overtime. What a joke. Instead of allowing the extra period, the league should have cut their losses, declared
a forfeit and rescheduled Colts/Pats for the AFC Championship...
Still, "the Stillers" managed to battle back from a 7-point fourth quarter deficit after trailing for of all of 10 minutes at home during the regular
season. And if they've learned anything from this past weekend's debacle, it's that "catch-up" at Heinz Field isn't such a good idea after all...
Despite his team's terrible play, congrats go out to Bill Cowher for reaching the .500 mark for his playoff career (8-8). Now in his 13th season,
Cowher can finally dispel the rumor that he's a "below average" post-season coach. When asked if he was proud of his son's achievement, former WWF
Champion Sergeant Slaughter declined comment...
Over-hyped Steelers running back Jerome Bettis should change his number, but keep the numbers. After all, 3.6 is a much more fitting number for old
number 36. Over the past three regular seasons (42 games, 27 starts), Bettis has rushed 683 times for 2418 yards, "good" for just under 3.6 yards per
carry. And with career regular season rushing average (3.9) below the NFL average, the "future Hall of Famer" has proven himself to be - you guessed
it - "below average"...
This past Saturday, Fox sent its B-team - end zone reporter Tony Siragusa, color guy Daryl Johnston and play-by-play man Dick Stockton - to Atlanta
for the Rams/Falcons divisional playoff game. That's one "Goose," one "Moose" and a Dick. I'm Dean Christopher...
[Edited on 1/16/05 by deanchristopher]