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Well, the NFL’s conference championships went more or less as I expected.

 

Denver vs SeattleDenver and Seattle won and will now face off in what should be a compelling Super Bowl. To be honest with you, I was hoping San Francisco would beat the Seahawks.

 

You may remember that I’m a big Jim Harbaugh guy, but that doesn’t mean I thought the 49ers would prevail. Seattle just seems to have too good a team this year and it would not surprise me if they end up hoisting the trophy in a week.

 

Speaking of the Seahawks, Richard Sherman certainly made himself a household name following their win – didn’t he?sherman

 

In case you missed it, Seattle’s all-pro cornerback went a little crazy following the last play of the game and, depending on how you feel about overt displays of emotion on television, you probably have an opinion one way or the other about just how he acted as Erin Andrews stood next to him holding a microphone.

 

I, for one, am not surprised at all by what he said. He believes he is the best defensive back in football and I’m sure that’s part of why he succeeds.

 

At the same time he, apparently, does not like San Francisco’s Michael Crabtree and he felt the need to tell the world, which is certainly his right. Could he have had more decorum as he spoke following the win? Certainly. But, should the world get upset because he didn’t? I don’t think so.

 

mental-gearsShifting gears here, it looks like the New York Yankees have won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. The Bronx Bombers seem to have put up the most money to secure the services of the Japanese superstar pitcher.

 

I never know what to make of these guys coming from Japan. They all sound too good to be true on paper (Tanaka did not lose a game last season) but how they adapt to Major League Baseball always seems to be a crapshoot.

 

As a Boston Red Sox fan I cannot think everyone is going to end up like Daisuke Matsuzaka who had one good year and has floundered ever since.

 

Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka

I’m sure Yankee fans are hoping Tanaka is the second coming of Yu Darvish who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since joining the Texas Rangers.

 

Like I said, I have no idea. Again, speaking as a Red Sox fan, I’m hoping he’s more Matsuzaka than Darvish, but it would not surprise me if it were the other way around.

 

Finally, this Sunday, instead of real football, we get the Pro Bowl.

 

I remember when I was a kid I thought the Pro Bowl was the coolest thing in the world. Where else could I watch all my favorite players team up to form what seemed like the ultimate team.

 

Of course, after watching a few Pro Bowls I realized the game was actually kind of boring. Now I usually tune in for a while – just because nothing else is on – then find something else to do.

 

The NFL has tried to change things up this year, having Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice choosing sides instead of having the teams represent their conferences.

 

I suppose this is interesting, although I’m not sure how it can make the game more compelling. One thing that might is Sanders’ claim he is going to suit up and play. One more chance to see “Prime Time” on the field just might make for must-see TV.

 

I just hope it actually happens.