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And so it is: Colts v. Bears

Wow. I am incredibly exhausted from the ballgame tonight. What an unbelievable comeback for Peyton Manning — he finally slayed the dragon, where “the dragon” is “The New England Patriots.” What a game. I can’t imagine what it was like for the fans who were actually THERE.

The Bears are in, too. The Saints had a good run, but the Bears totally outplayed them today in Soldier Field. Was it a statement game for Rex Grossman? Tough to say, but he recovered from a poor start and helped put it away. I wanted the Saints to win and had picked them but the Bears came out with the suffocating defense that they had employed at the beginning of the season. It was a nasty game on a nasty field with nasty weather — indeed, what one would expect in Chicago in January.

This is going to be quite a Super Bowl — the suddenly multi-dimensional Colts facing the Bears D will be a great one, no doubt.

I may or may not blog tomorrow. Tough to say. We’ll see what happens — I just know I’m quite busy these next couple days.

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Chargers finish 14-2, clinch the AFC home field advantage!

The San Diego Chargers won’t leave San Diego for the duration of the playoffs except, God willing, to go to Miami for the Super Bowl. ;) It came at a price, though — both Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson — winner of this year’s NFL rushing title — got injured in the game. Good thing they’ve got that first-round bye to rest up. Hopefully they’ll be alright.

Kudos to Jake Delhomme, for coming back for his first game in a month and ending on a high note as the Panthers beat the Saints in a pretty meaningless game. It’s something to build on, at least. Rumors are swirling that Keyshawn Johnson is seriously pondering retirement — check out Jay Glazer’s report. I’ll talk more about the Panthers as the offseason moves begin.

This 49ers/Denver game is like watching a football game in 1997 — primitive graphics, standard definition cameras, no yellow line…eep! Good game though — in fact, Joe Nedney just hit a 36-yarder to win the game, and just like that, the Broncos are out of the playoffs. The Chiefs are in as a result. Crazy. I kind of wanted the Broncos to get in, because the Chargers beat ’em convincingly both times. The 49ers’ Frank Gore is an impressive runner — I haven’t seen much of him this season. Alex Smith has clearly come a long way (quietly, too!), and Jay Cutler clearly feeds off high pressure, but it just wasn’t enough for Cutler today. Good things will happen for him, though.

The Lions and Dallas…well, that’s why Week 17 is always interesting. Wonder what (Really) Drew Bledsoe will have to say on the subject. ;)

Tonight will be a Brett Favre orgy on Sunday Night Football as the Packers travel to Soldier Field to meet up with the Bears. This game is pretty meaningless, too, as the NFC playoff field is settled and the Packers are out, and the Bears have had the number one seed wrapped up for a while now.

So that’s it for Week 17…going to record tonight’s game. I’m off to get ready to do…something. I think.


Good morning folks! My midterm hell for this semester is officially over as of this morning. I don’t think they went too badly; but we’ll see if it’s a false sense of confidence or what. ;)

Despite the exams, it was a pretty good weekend. I enjoyed the nice crisp air under the sunny skies (indeed, a stark contrast to this gray and muggy morning). Saturday I went with a friend to the Friends of the Library Book Sale and absolutely loaded up on books and even a few videos. Some of these are absolutely priceless, particularly the Windows 95 Feature Introduction video hosted by Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry back in 1995. I’ll have a picture of the cover of that one; it’s fairly priceless. Sunday, in an act of stress relief, I took a long walk downtown amongst the tourists and saw a giant cruise ship, among other things. Was actually a nice walk — gotta take advantage of the nice weather while we have it.

It was a good Sunday for football, too. Both the Panthers and Chargers came away with victories. The Panthers game was fantastic. Delhomme threw for a career high in yardage, and the Panthers and Ravens really got into a dogfight. Kyle Boller, by the way, showed some of that late-season form for the Ravens in relief of Steve McNair…very interesting. He plays best when he feels as if he has something to prove. The Chargers beat the 49ers…as expected. They’re a good team that’s beat up on a lot of bad teams and gone 1-1 against decent squads. That’s not too shabby. Giving Philip Rivers freedom was one of the best things Schottenheimer could do. That, and LT is a stud: Four touchdowns on Sunday makes him a fantasy football dream.

I caught the last eight minutes of the Bears-Cardinals game, and witnessed one of the most epic collapses in modern football history. The Bears, which scored nothing offensively, got its trademark defense going in the 4th quarter and great special teams play to ring up 27 on the Cardinals and come away with a victory — this, after being down 20-3 at the half. The Bears ended up with six turnovers in the game, four courtesy of Rex Grossman interceptions. They should not have won; the Cardinals gave them the game. One bright spot for Arizona: Matt Leinart did everything he was supposed to do, and looked fantastic against that Bears D. As for Da Bears…they’re still undefeated, standing at a sterling 6-0. They should have lost that game, though, no question.

Anyway, enjoy your Tuesday — lots of things to do today.