: JanTrades, playoffs, and coaching changes highlighted this week in the world of sports. Like always, comments are greatly appreciated and all the opinions expressed are solely my own and not of the Daily Evergreen.
This week the blog has been broken up into two parts.
Let’s get started.
I want to start off at the college level, where in almost laughable fashion, UW out-muscled their way to a 76-65 victory over the Cougs. I say laughable because the Huskies had more offensive rebounds (21) than Cougar TOTAL rebounds (20).
The humor of this game was added by Terrence Ross. It was starting to get to the point, where as soon as he touched the ball, you knew UW was at least getting two points. I could go all day on strategies the Cougs could utilize to be a better team, but alas I’m not Ken Bone and there was already a writer who took up that daunting task.
I would like to add the previous two paragraphs were written before the Cougs beat Stanford Thursday night 81-69, and the fact I never expected Faisal Aden to go off like he did.
Aden carried the Cougs to victory with a 33 point performance against a Stanford team that had only lost one Pac-12 game previously to visiting Pullman, a.ka. Winter Wonderland.
And believe it or not, the Cougs out-rebounded the Cardinal 29-27. These are all good signs for the Cougs and if they can keep up this offensive show, they may make a run in the Pac-12 and have a good seed heading into the Pac-12 tournament.
With the playoffs in full swing, you knew I had to talk about it. Also, being part of the media, you know I have to keep feeding the "Tebowmania". He may have lost miserably at the hands of the Patriots, but damn it we will always find a way to talk about Tebow.
With the complete annihilation of the Broncos, Tebow proved after all that he is in fact human, and I will now be forced to take down my holy shrine of him.
For 49er fans reading this, you honestly thought I would start off the NFL segment with “The Catch 3”?
I have a, some may call crazy, Niners fan for a roommate and a surprising amount of friends who are Niner fans. When you live with friends, you grow to hate their favorite teams, and that is what has happened to me, especially since the Niners are in the same division as the Seahawks.
Hatred aside, the Saints and Niners game was something to watch. There were multiple lead changes, great offensive action and a fair amount of defense. So you knew they weren’t going against tackle dummies or the practice squad of some division-III college.
I will go as far to say that this game was the most enjoyable to watch in the past two years outside of the Seahawks/Saints playoff game. (I only say this because I was part of that ruckus crowd that caused a small earthquake, and here's the cause for it.)
So, even though a team I hate advanced to the next round, at least it was one hell of a game to witness.
There isn’t much to say about the Ravens and Texans game. It was the closest I got to a perfect prediction out of the four games I predicted. (20-13 final when I predicted 17-13 final in the previous Weekly Wrap-Up. 2-2 on the weekend, not bad.)
To be honest, this game was a snoozer for me. I took an hour long nap while the game was happening. So instead of boring you with minuet details, lets just move on to the biggest surprise of the Playoff weekend.
The New York football Giants have proved me wrong. They have proved a lot of people wrong with their dominating 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants are the perfect example of a team hitting their stride at the perfect time. They are playing the best football they have played all season and Eli Manning is making me seriously consider him an elite quarterback in the NFL. Will it be enough to beat a surging 49ers team? We shall see.
With that said, what the hell Green Bay?
You went 15-1 in the regular season. You cemented yourself as the BEST team in the NFL, and yet when it came down to it, you played less like an NFL powerhouse and more like a junior tackle football team.
It was clearly obvious that the two-week layoff hurt them.
On multiple occasions, Aaron Rodgers missed open receivers and stalled drives with poor decisions.
The defense couldn’t help Rodgers either.
All season the ineptitude of the Pack defense was greatly overshadowed by how great their offense was. Well, that finally came back and bit them in the ass. One Packer faithful earlier on in the week tried to explain the reasoning behind the change of the Packers defense over the past two years.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Giants though. They played one hell of a game, but it was obvious the Packers weren’t themselves and the Giants took advantage of that.