Denver Broncos 17, New York Jets 13
I’m still not really sure that I saw what I just saw. The Denver Broncos are down 13-10 to the New York Jets with the ball on their own 5 yard line and about five minutes to play. Surely, the worst case scenario for the Jets is overtime, right? Well, the sports world wouldn’t be in hysterics if that had happened.
Instead of overtime, the legend of Tim Tebow claimed yet another victim. On the last drive of the game, which started on Denver’s own 4 yard line, Tebow passed for 35 yards and ran for another 57 and the game winning touchdown on a 20 yard scramble. The Broncos are now 5-5 on the season, including 4-1 since Tebow became the starter (3 of those are come from behind wins), and are in the thick of things in the AFC West playoff picture.
This is the first time I’ve gotten a chance to see Tim Tebow in action since he was drafted, and it wasn’t a disappointment. This is the type of performance that people remember, and I know I certainly will. Had everyone else in the house not been in bed, I would have started yelling TTTTTIIIIIIIMMMMMMM TTTTTTEEEEBBBBBBOOOOOOWWWWWWW at the TV.
I was also really impressed with NFL Network’s handling of Tim Tebow. They were reasonable, informative, and certainly were not vitriolic like ESPN’s analysts are. In fact, I’d venture so far as to say that Merril Hoge choked on a chicken bone when Tebow scampered in for that touchdown. Heimlich!
If you keep up with sports at all, you’re going to be deluged with Tim Tebow and all kinds of adjectives to describe him as you watch/read/listen to sports news tomorrow, so I’ll just summarize my thoughts succinctly: that last drive was really cool to watch.
Just what is lolcongress getting into lately? They should know better. Really, they should. We didn’t elect them to declare what type of food pizza is. And did they stop to consider that pizza sauce is made from the tomato, which is a fruit? And we don’t need them to censor the Internet. Yes, I am against piracy, but the level of censorship they’re suggesting is dangerous and (dare I say it?) Orwellian. Hopefully it won’t pass.
Though he has no prior coaching experience, Mark Jackson has popped up on several occasions over the past few seasons as teams have looked to fill a vacancy on the bench. Now, it’s finally happening. The Golden State Warriors, who went 36-46 this past season, have named Jackson their head coach and signed him to a three year, $6 contract. This comes a couple weeks after the team introduced Jerry West as a front office executive; West previously worked in the front office with the L.A. Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.
It will be interesting to see how Jackson fairs in his first season as a head coach. He sits 3rd all-time on the NBA’s career assist list, so it seems reasonable that he would have a good understanding of the game. Whether he can actually coach and teach his players is yet to be seen. Hopefully he won’t talk to his players like he does people tuning into NBA games on ABC or ESPN, where he spews out cliches and catch phrases such as: Grown man move! Momma, there goes that man! Hand down, man down!
Now if someone would just hire Jeff Van Gundy I could watch games in peace, but is there any team that desperate?
I am currently on a blogging hiatus. Hopefully soon I will have some things to say and I’ll start hammering out posts at a more torrid pace. Maybe that will be my New Year’s resolution. Yeah, sounds good to me.
It’s crazy to think that I, the biggest basketball fan the people that I know know, would allow the NBA Playoffs to go by with hardly any blog posts about them. Yet I did. And then the NBA Finals went by without a post. And then the NBA Draft. For whatever reason I just haven’t felt up to my usual sports writing self. Sometimes I forget about my blog and then when I remember it, I start to worry that I haven’t been updating it. And by worrying about it, it starts to feel like work, which is why I guess it’s good that I’m no longer looking into getting into journalism. I can’t really imagine writing with a deadline every day. I of course still enjoy writing, but after thinking about it it’s not something I think I would enjoy doing every single day because I had to. Mostly I think deadlines would drive me crazy, even if I am good at getting a paper for a class done in a short amount of time. Right now, getting a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies just seems more appealing, especially since the teaching degree will help me with any ventures in coaching basketball.
But anyway, I’m going to try to pick up the pace a little bit and start covering the NBA and the rest of the sports I enjoy in a more timely fashion. I would also like to expand my posting topics a little bit as well. I’m also looking into making a podcast, so maybe that will be something else to add.
The Boston Celtics blog that I contribute to, Celtics 17, is hosting a draft deadline live blog. It will be going down this Thursday on Celtics 17 from 12 pm to 4 pm Eastern (11am to 3 pm Central). You can get to Celtics 17 by following the link on the right side of the page or go here for more information.
It’s happening again. The Tennessee Titans are now 0-5 after a 31-9 loss to the rival Indianapolis Colts. I live in Tennessee, a lot of my friends are fans of the Titans, and I’m a fan of them myself, so I know where this is going.
It started last night, actually. For the first time this season I heard some fans chanting “We want Vince!” for the return of quarterback Vince Young. The boos are also steadily increasing with each fruitless possession and defensive lapse. Fans are also getting a little anxious (to say the least) on the Titans’ official Facebook page.
When a team goes 0-5, the quarterback is typically the first person to get benched. The Titans are accustomed to this in recent years as neither Young or Kerry Collins has started at the beginning of the season and finished it. And it’s always the same thing when one of them struggles. If Young struggles, he’s overrated, can’t throw, and, after last year’s issues with refusing to go in the game after throwing an interception and his alleged suicidal wishes, he’s now a crybaby. That suddenly doesn’t matter because now Collins, at 39 years old, is “too old” to play in the NFL, even though he wasn’t last season when he was 38 and taking over for the “horrible” Young. So I guess being “too old” is this year’s “overrated” when it comes to the Titans quarterbacks.
I think Vince Young should start because, really, can the team get any worse than it is? What, are they afraid of losing if Vince Young starts? Kerry Collins is immobile and he hasn’t found a rhythm with his passing yet. And you can’t wait for him to start playing well because supposing he ever gets to that point this season, it’s going to be too late. If they lose next week to the New England Patriots, there’s no way they’re making the playoffs anyway. If that happens, there’s no reason not to start him. Further, he’s got a better record (18-11) than Collins (13-14) does as the starter. Or hey, here’s an idea: sign Jeff Garcia. He combines the best of both worlds. He’s old and experienced like Collins and he’s mobile like Young. What would be wrong with that?
Actually, just do something, Tennessee Titans. What you’re doing now isn’t working. The defense is horrible and the offense is anemic. But firing Jeff Fisher isn’t the answer, so don’t even think about it.
Colts remain perfect, down winless Titans 31-9. (Yahoo! Sports)
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