New Year’s Blues

So 2008 got off with a BCS Whimper. Not that I’m surprised, but after watching two straight unwatchable laughers with 2nd rate squads matched up with teams that by many accounts ought to be playing for the title, I’m convinced that the BCS Cash Cow is in trouble. Like most things, the argument against a tournament in the FBS (three better initials were never found) comes down to money. But if the BCS flames out terribly, the major university presidents will have to consider that the best and far and away most lucrative deal they can get will be for a playoff system, rather than for a set of matchups that make no sense, the public doesn’t want to see, and end up being mismatches. USC/Oklahoma? Why couldn’t we get this game? I think those are the two best teams in the country maybe.

PK lists Jim Caldwell as a prime candidate for a head coaching job. I hope he gets a look, but somehow I doubt he will. I still don’t think enough owners are convinced by the Dungy revolution. By that I mean, low key father figures rather than drill sergeants.

Vic is giddy over 2007. Hmmm, I see a team with a 30 year old QB who has posted exactly 1 good year, an old RB who had a healthy season for the first time in a while, and a defense that has shown serious regression. Oh, and they failed to beat the Colts in two tries. Should the Jags flame out this weekend, all the good will he talks about from the fans will completely evaporate. Sure, two wins in the playoffs, and they might be rolling, but I’m just not seeing how they beat New England without a blizzard. The Jags have no pass defense, and that’s what you have to have. Brady will eat them alive.

TMQ may have fuzzy logic from time to time, but it’s always amusing. He makes an interesting point about how #1 pass offenses fair in the playoffs.

Scouts Inc. likes Dungy, but still manages to have the Cowboys over the Colts.

The FO EPC All-Pro team only has one Colt. Care to guess which one? Miss and your brain will get eaten. Seriously, has any player ever had as good a January 1 to December 31 as Bob Sanders? He could spontaneously combust after drilling some running back next week, and he would still be remembered in 50 years as one of the greatest Colts ever. I hate fuzzy thinking like this, but I’ll say it anyway…I think he makes the whole team meaner. I think the whole secondary lays the wood because they don’t want to be shown up the Zombie. He’s freaking Bruce Lee in pads.

Mike Sando says, it’s hard to know anything, but that the Colts have it where it counts.

Don Banks is right. New England must play better if they hope to win it all.

Fox Sports Czar is about half as confident in the Colts as John Clayton was.

Demond Sanders: If they can put back to back years together AND win the division, then the Jagator fans and national media will have a reason to believe. Right now, their defense isn’t good enough and their passing offense is promising but untested. The fact is they haven’t won a playoff game since Dan Marino’s last game in January of 2000. That has to change. Like most people, I am rooting for them to be matched up with the Pats. I would expect the Pats to win by 10+ points, but hopefully leave the game banged up.