Monday, December 28, 2009

Things I've Come to Hate about Watching the NFL

Wide receivers calling for pass interference on nearly every pass.

Steve Tasker as a color analyst on CBS.

The NFL Network. They blow every little bit of news out of proportion because they have to have something to report on. In the good old days such non-news as this sudden drama between Favre and Childress would be nothing. But because they must have something to focus on, they turn it into THE issue.

Jon Gruden. I might have been the only person in the country who loved Tony Kornheiser on MNF. Gruden is terrible. He makes every play - no matter how trivial - sound as if it's the Immaculate Reception.

Ben Roethlisberger's mustache. That has to be the ugliest thing I've ever seen in professional sports. It looks like a ferret died on his upper lip.

The Colts not going for perfection. What a crock! How many times have the Colts and other teams rested players only to go home early. I hate Bill Belichick in New England, but give the man some credit for going for perfection. Don't cheat your fans. And don't give me any of that "the goal is to win the Super Bowl." Blowing a late season game because you rest your players is no guarantee that you'll win the Super Bowl. In fact, the resting idea doesn't stack up. Quite a few teams over the past decade or so were playing to win every single game - all the way through the playoffs - and they didn't seem to choke or need rest to win a championship.

Yet, the Colts pass on a chance at football immortality. The Super Bowl is great. But the Colts already have one. Believe it or not, you forget Super Bowl winners. But you'll never forget a perfect team. And the Colts robbed Manning a chance at going for it.

Look what it would have done for Manning. Yes, he is the greatest player of his generation. Yes, he is a Hall of Famer. But if he goes 19-0 - he has cemented his place as the greatest player - regardless of position - in the history of the NFL. And the Colts cheated him of that.

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