IIt’s been quite some time since J Beanie shared his wisdom and a lot has happened – some good, some bad. This will also be the last post until some time after Jan. 7. I’ll be heading to Myrtle Beach for a drinking, err, golfing weekend with some 23 other guys.
There’s so much to talk about since my last post but I’ll try not to ramble and gramble too much. First, happy New Year to everyone. 2007 ended with a loud disappointing thud and 2008 began with a surprising and enjoyable farewell.
Damn you Jim Sorgi and the rest of the Colts practice squad. How could you not beat the Titans? That game could have been the worse excuse ever for an NFL football game which had meaning. Has there ever been anything so ugly, other than Colt Brennan’s performance last night? I mean seriously, the Titans are the worse playoff team in the history of football. How does a playoff team not totally dominate a group of has-been’s and never-will-be’s? It boggles the mind.
But the Browns had their chance and they blow it in Cincinnati. Being at the game Sunday between the Browns and the 49ers was a lot of fun. You never would have guessed it was meaningless game besides the Let’s Go Browns chants being followed by the Let’s Go Colts ones. The crowd was great, like they always are, winning seven home games is very impressive and Josh Cribbs is amazing. The best part of the game, though, was that two rows in front of us, there sat a guy in a Jerry Rice jersey. That was a mistake. We constantly were chanting “Jerrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy, Jerrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy,” to the point that the whole section (probably just the 5 or 6 drunk guys with us) starting do it too. It was non-stop abuse. I think we made him leave by the middle of the third quarter. That was right up there with throwing pretzels at the 49er fans waiting in line to pee during our tailgate.
While it sucks not to make the playoffs it was a great season. If you would have said the Browns would 10 games and just miss the playoffs at the beginning of the year, there’s isn’t a Dawg that wouldn’t take that. (Especially since we don’t have first round draft pick) As much as I’d rather see them in the playoffs, I look at this as a stepping stone season. The Cavs won improved every season after getting LeBron – better record, just missed playoffs, made playoffs and won a series, won Eastern Conference. The Indians just missed the playoffs in ‘05 then, minus the mess in ‘06, made the playoffs and beat the Yankees in ‘07. The Browns improved and just missed the playoffs so hopefully ‘08 will continue to see improvement. Things do get tougher for the Browns, however. A much tougher schedule and they are no longer a team that can sneak up on people.
Ten wins usually will get you in the playoffs in the NFL. Even nine wins gets you in (damn, NFC). But this year the Browns and all us Orange and Brown gurus will have to settle for a season the for the first time a long time, was thoroughly enjoyable.
As hard as the Titans game was to watch, since it meant the end of the season for one of my teams, another game, that also meant the end of the season for another of my teams, was as enjoyable as the post-Thanksgiving dinner nap. That game was Michigan’s victory over Florida in the Capital One “don’t call it the Citrus Bowl” Bowl in Lloyd Carr’s final game as a college football coach.
First the game was a lot of fun to watch. Tons of offense. Second, seeing Carr get the water dumped on him, as over played and lame as it is, and then seeing him being carried off the field, was about as good of a moment in Michigan football since 2003. The Wolverines came out ready to play and wanted to send Carr out with a victory. My one complaint with that is this – everyone knew this was Carr’s last season. If the players really wanted to send Carr out the right way, why didn’t they come to play like that from the start of the season? (Injuries really did play a big role in the season, however) But let’s not let that spoil the party. Whatever you think about Carr the football coach, you got to like/respect Carr the man. It was obvious those who know him best, his players, think the world of him. Carr may be remember for his 1997 national title, his dominance over John Cooper, being dominated by Jim Tressel, his cold halftime interviews or running a clean top tier college football program, but now he’ll also be remembered as the third winningest coach in Michigan history and the coach who was carried off the field in his last game. I that image will, at least in my mind, stand out as the years go by.
I’ll try to get back a little later today with a post about the NFL playoffs. I want to get my always accurate predictions out there before I head off to Myrtle.