Brett Favre isn't going to the Super Bowl. He made a big mistake at a big time and never touched the football again. As a result, the New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl. A too many men in the huddle (does that sound familiar) took the Vikings out of range on what could have been a potential game winning field goal and then Brett makes a mistake that 20 year vets aren't supposed to make. Favre makes the rookie mistake of throwing against his body and having the pass intercepted. It was his last play of the year and like many thought two years ago when he threw a pick on his last play as a Packer in the 2007 NFC championship, it might be his last pass ever.
While Brett will take some heat for his mistake, the truth is the Vikings should be heading to Miami and not New Orleans. The better team did not win the NFC championship. Minnesota controlled this game and would have won walking away had it not been for the fact that they could not hang onto the football. One fumble inside their 10 and one fumble inside the New Orleans 10 is the reason why New Orleans is heading to Miami where they will face the Indianapolis Colts. In fact I'm not sure, but before the game the Vikings had that guy from American Idol that sang "Pants on the Ground' come in to sing the song to them. Adrian Peterson must have thought the guy was singing "Ball on the Ground".
Meanwhile, the Colts had some problems with the New York Jets, but their overall talent just wore down the Cinderella Jets. Peyton Manning showed you can take away his best receivers, but he will just find someone else as Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie did what Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark could not do. Indy is favoured by 3 1/2 to win the Vince in two weeks time. I would take the Colts and the points. Manning will outduel Brees in what should be an aerial circus.
The questions will start about Favre's future now. Is he going to pull off the same stunt with the Vikings that he pulled off with the Packers for so many years or will he come clean. Personally, I think he comes back without hesitation even though he looks beat up and tired after last nite's loss. He has to see how good a year he had and how much young talent the Vikings have to give it one more run. I don't know if the Vikings can be as good this year as they were last, but he can't go out the way he did knowing that if his offensive teammates had hands that he would have a chance to win his 2nd title.
I don't have to tell you about the weather. If you had a snowblower, great. If you didn't, it was a day of shovelling and shovelling and shovelling. Yes, put me in the latter category. My street like many others is now extremely snow clogged and its a good job that some of our neighbours had snowblowers to help unplug the street. Of course, that didn't do me any good when I tried to get out only to get stuck. Once again, the neighbours come through. It was so bad out there that people were getting stuck in the Wal-Mart parking lot where I was at. I haven't seen it this bad in quite a while. Mayor Fiacco says the graders are out, but residential streets will have to wait for later in the week. I'm guessing that will have many citizens happy. Like I said earlier, I'll just be happy to see some road equipment go down my street as they haven't the last two winters much to the chagrin of myself and some others on the block. If you didn't have to be out yesterday, I'm guessing you just stayed in. With the two football games on, I wonder how much places like the Press Box and the 4 Seasons struggled. I wonder how many people thought about ordering in only to realize the delivery driver might just get stuck. I'm thinking many potential gatherings were cancelled.
The Pats-Kootenay game was cancelled. Kootenay couldn't get out of Saskatoon because of the bad highways. It means the two teams must find another date. Kootenay is here on February 6, and with the Super Bowl the next day, they could play a Sunday afternoon game. However, Regina plays Saskatoon on the 5th so you can't really move up the Saturday game. I'm thinking the Ice may have to make a long trip to Regina for just one game. Move the game to a neutral sight and play it in Swift Current I say...(I"M JOKING!!)
I received an e-mail Sunday night saying a post on riderfans. com had started in which it was said former Rider and current TSN football analyst Glen Suitor was a candidate for the Rider GM job, but he turned it down to stay with the network. Nothing against Suits, I would love to see him have a role in this organization somewhere down the road, but having a guy with no experience coming in to serve as GM might not have been the best thing. I think he probably knew that as well. Would Suitor make a great assistant coach...I think he would. Would he make a good GM.....not right now! Hell if Suitor came back, he'd want to make Henry Burris the starting quarterback again in Riderville.(I"M JOKING!!)
Speaking of the Riders, I had someone ask me on Saturday if the team should ask Gene Makowsky to retire and take over as offensive line coach in the wake of the Bob Wylie departure. NO! is my answer. Geno still has some good years in that body. Would he make a good o-line coach? Yes! Should he do it now? NO!
One more thing. I am so tired of phantom "roughing the passer" calls. I'm also against NFL overtime as well and think both need to be fine-tuned. There is no use whining about it though because its not going to happen.
As you start your Monday, think about this....
“Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough"