Friday, January 09, 2004

"I feel found."

That's a quote from House of Sand and Fog, a really good, thoughtful (kinda American Beauty + My Life as a House / 2) movie. And it's got Ben Kingsley, one of the top ten greatest living actors. So go see it. Jennifer Connelly provides the eye candy.

Anyway, I thought I'd talk about football today. It's the quarterfinals of "The Tournament", as everyone seems to be calling the NFL playoffs (although in my opinion, March Madness is the real Tournament.) I'll go through each game, throw some stats at you, and give you my opinion.

1. Carolina at St. Louis.

Carolina's coming off a complete thrashing of the Cowboys, one in which they racked up 380 yards (most of that in their blowout 1st half), had 0 turnovers, 0 penalties, and basically kicked the @%^$% out of Dallas. On the other hand, Marc Bulger has never started and lost a game at home, and the Rams as a whole have only lost 4 games at home over the last 3 years. Marshall Faulk is rested and should get at least 25 touches. I say the Rams keep that gaudy home record intact. St. Louis, 31-14.

2. Tennessee at New England.

The Titans are coming off an emotional win at Baltimore, one in which 44-year old Gary Anderson nailed a 46-yard field goal (by a cool half a yard) as time expired. Steve McNair is having a great year, although his 1st half was much better, but the real unsung hero of this team is their defense, which has stopped the run and pressured the quarterback all year. The Patriots are undefeated at home, have allowed the fewest points in the NFL, and have the constantly underrated Tom Brady at the helm. Too bad they're going to lose tomorrow. Tennessee, 17-13.

3. Indy at K.C.

I'm still not that impressed with the Colts. The only good team they've beaten all year is the Titans. However, they are 7-1 on the road, and Kansas City isn't playing that well...or are they? Yeah, they had bad losses to Denver and Minnesota (giving up 45 points in both games) down the stretch, but they've still got Priest Holmes, and they're undefeated at home (who isn't, by the way?) K.C. in a shootout, 38-34.

4. Green Bay at Philly. Green Bay's got Brett Favre, fumblin' stumblin' rumblin' Ahman Green, and....well, that's about it. Philly has Donovan McNabb but no Brian Westbrook, great pass D, but no run D. They gave up 192 yards to Green earlier this year, and I don't think they can stop him this time either. Green Bay wins it, 24-14.

Well, that's it. I'm gonna go outside for a while. Oh yeah - my brother's taking over AIM (1st 3 stories only). Give 'em hell, bro.


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