You like football? Then you should really like this weekend. There are not just four NFL playoff games. No, there are six. And you know what comes after those six games? The NCAA football championship game. Seriously, if you’ve got a do-not-disturb sign go ahead and hang it on your door now — you’re going to be really busy for the next few days.
I am not really that happy with what happened in the NCAA playoff. The two teams I think we all figured would win, went ahead, and won. I know, you might be saying to yourself, but what about Clemson? I think people might have been underestimating Ohio State. Perhaps because they only played five regular season games.
The team I saw on the field at the Sugar Bowl was as good as any team I’ve seen play this year and that includes Alabama. In fact, I will say it now, if Ohio State manages to play the way they played against Clemson, then the Crimson Tide is done. Of course, the coronavirus might have something to say about how well Ohio State plays and, as we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, I suppose that is fitting. But I’m sticking with my earlier assessment, if the Buckeyes are not severely handicapped by the team’s COVID outbreak, then they’re going to win. They are just that loaded.
In happier news, my Los Angeles Rams are back in the playoffs. I don’t see how this is going to be a long stay though. Not with John Wolford at quarterback. Seriously, I am not sure they could win with Jared Goff at quarterback either. After all, he was under center two weeks ago when the team lost 20-9 to their first-round playoff opponent, the Seattle Seahawks.
I want to believe Goff gives them a better chance to win, but his career has been on a downward trajectory ever since he led the team to the Super Bowl two years ago. Anyway, I am fully prepared for my NFL playoff season to be a one-and-done sort of experience.
There will actually be a couple very compelling games played Saturday around the Rams-Seahawks contest. The day kicks off with the Buffalo Bills taking on the Indianapolis Colts. I love the way Bill’s Quarterback Josh Allen plays so I plan on tuning into this one.
The late game features Tom Brady in his first-ever playoff game as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An added bonus in this one is Brady, and the Bucs are facing the Washington Football team that somehow got into the playoffs with a losing record. I have a hard time believing this game will be close as Washington does not really deserve to be in the playoffs at all and Brady, while older, remains very much Brady.
Sunday likewise has some nice matchups. The Cleveland Browns are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 (when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers). The Browns will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski who has his own issues with the coronavirus. They also will have to play the Steelers again which kind of gives me the feeling they won’t still be playing when Stefanski is cleared to be on the sidelines again.
The game I’m really looking forward to Sunday, however, is the one between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. Why, you ask? Because it might be Drew Brees’ last game. If I’m being honest, I would say the Saints will probably win, but if they don’t Brees appears ready to retire. Once upon a time I harbored some strange ill-will toward Brees and took him to task regularly in a column I was writing for a paper in Central Texas (which is where Brees is from).
I irritated one reader so much he actually wrote me a handwritten letter, written in sharpie on some strange, large, construction paper and mailed it to me. I have kept that letter for the decade since I got it because it is a constant source of joy, thus I cannot watch Brees play without thinking about it. I guess what I’m saying here is, if this is his last game then I have to watch, because it just might be my final chance to see him play and be reminded of that wonderful piece of memorabilia.